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Goals of the General Education Program

Upon successfully completing their core educational requirements, students will have had an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills of a liberally educated person. At SNU, we believe that to be liberally educated, a person must be more than merely a competent specialist in a narrow field of knowledge,but should be conversant in subjects that explore a wide range of human experiences. To be liberally educated, a person must be able to study all fields of knowledge openly and honestly recognizing that every field of knowledge is inextricably related to others and that, only when integrated, approach the whole truth. A person educated in a Christian context appreciates that proper study of God, the underlying principles of our world/universe, and humanity's search for truth and meaning made manifest in the revelation of God through Christ. We believe that, at a minimum, SNU graduates

…Can evaluate the assumptions and arguments embedded in expressions of thought and use that knowledge to creatively and systematically solve problems utilizing appropriate principles and methods from a variety of disciplines. Critical thinkers and problem solvers can predict possible results of potential actions, evaluate possible solutions in an ethical framework and successfully plan and execute a solution. (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving)

…Within the framework of a Christian worldview, learners can articulate an understanding of civic engagement, ethics and stewardship and the influence of responsible citizenship on community, the nation and the world. (Civics, Ethics & Stewardship)

…can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing. (Effective Communication)

…have the ability to evaluate artistic expressions, including the fine arts, music, drama, literature, media, and human movement (i.e., dance, sports), through the use of political, sociological, anthropological and aesthetic theories. (Aesthetic Analysis)

…can evaluate developments in science, technology and health on the basis of elementary principles, good scientific practices, and the proper interpretation of mathematical models and statistics. (Science and Technology)

…are able to interpret and contextualize current events in light of historical, geographical, sociological, economic, and political contexts. (Global Perspectives)

…Can articulate how a Christian perspective creates and deepens meaning in cultural, personal, social, and aesthetic issues; can evaluate moral and ethical choices in light of sound interpretations of Christian scriptures based on the best available methods, Christian traditions, and the Wesleyan theological perspective; and can operationalize that analysis through active stewardship and service. (Christian Scriptures and Traditions)

To these ends, the faculty and students at SNU commit themselves to creating a learning environment that encourages and nurtures curiosity and is characterized by rigorous intellectual standards; a methodology requiring understanding prior to judgment; the freedom to study all fields of human knowledge and behavior critically, openly, and honestly; and the practice of civil discourse that demonstrates respect for all those involved in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom (i.e., faculty, students, and subjects).

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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