General Education Goal III: Making Local to Global Connections

Rationale

Appalachian State University is both in and of the southern Appalachian region, and it is also part of a world that is globally connected.  Life in the twenty-first century requires an understanding of the connections and multi-layered interactions among diverse local and global human cultures, as well as between humans and the natural and physical environments.  In this context, the general education program helps to cultivate an active understanding of global change and the effect of human agency on both natural and cultural environments.  Students should understand the importance of biodiversity, ecological integrity, and the need to achieve sustainable benefits for communities.  Knowledge of other cultures, diverse cultural frames of reference, and alternative perspectives are essential to thinking critically and creatively and to understanding the responsibilities of membership in local, regional, and global communities.  The cultivation and maintenance of intercultural relationships require active cultural understanding, which is achieved by exploring multiple strategies for interacting with other peoples and cultures. 

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Global Self Awareness: Students will evaluate the effect of human agency on natural and cultural environments. (Local to Global)

Consequences of Global Change: Students will cultivate an understanding of global change on local natural and cultural environments. (Global to Local)

Systemic Drivers of Global Change: Students will evaluate systemic factors as drivers of global change in order to advocate for appropriate responses.

Ecological Integrity and Sustainability: Students will demonstrate the importance of ecological integrity, from local to global scales, as essential life support for sustainable communities.

Cultural Diversity: Students will demonstrate their knowledge of other cultures, worldviews, and frames of reference to contextualize local and global issues.

Cultural Interaction: Students will integrate diverse perspectives to demonstrate an appreciation of the complexities of cultural interactions.