BRTC’s General Studies courses make up what are commonly considered basics, general education core, university core classes. The Associate of Arts degree is the state of Arkansas’s basic transfer degree which is accepted at all public 4-year universities in Arkansas.
General Education Learning Outcomes
All degree-seeking students at BRTC should demonstrate competency in the following domains:
- Critical Thinking. A habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
- Global Learning. A critical analysis of and an engagement with complex, interdependent global systems and legacies and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability. Through global learning, students should 1) become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences, 2) seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities, and 3) address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.
- Information Literacy. The ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.
- Communication. A prepared, purposeful written or oral presentation designated to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the audience’s attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors. Communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. Communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.
- Quantitative Literacy. Also known as Numeracy or Quantitative Reasoning – is a “habit of mind,” competency, and comfort in working with numerical data. Individuals with strong QL skills possess the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations. They understand and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative and they can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate).