Through this General Education curriculum we hope to convey to our students that the purpose of a liberal arts education is to do more than train students for the workplace. It is also meant to cultivate cultural, religious, and artistic sensibilities; to ground students in ethical decision making; to foster critical thinking; and to convey the joy of learning that is fundamental to Rosemont College.
To these ends, we have based our General Education program on five perennial questions:
What skills do we need to function effectively in today’s society (both local and global)?
(Intellectual and practical skills including effective habits of inquiry and analysis, critical thinking, written and oral communication, information literacy, and teamwork/problem solving.)
Why is human culture so diverse, and what can we learn by studying the ways of others?
(Knowledge of human cultures through their histories, languages religious traditions, literature, and arts.)
Why is knowledge of the ideas and practices of natural science and mathematics essential to our lives today?
(Scientific and quantitative skills and reasoning.)
How should we live our lives, and how should we treat others?
(Ethical reasoning and religious consciousness; intercultural awareness and sensitivity.)
How can we transform what we learn in our lifetimes into actions that improve the quality of both our lives and the lives of others?
(Integrative learning including capstone projects, learning abroad, internships, and service learning.)