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Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

General Education Goals


In 1993, the Assessment Advisory Committee developed criteria for assessing general education in the following areas: written, oral and electronic communication; math and science; social/behavioral sciences; and humanities and cultural goals. Eleven general education goals provide the foundation for USC's Criteria for the Assessment of General Education.

Eleven General Education Goals:

  • Students communicate clearly in written English, demonstrating their ability to comprehend, analyze and interrogate critically.
  • Students communicate orally in a manner that unites theory, criticism and practice to produce effective communicators.
  • Students use computers and other technology effectively.
  • Students perform basic mathematical manipulations, display facility with the use of mathematics in framing concepts for mathematical analysis, and interpret data intelligently.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of physical and/or life science phenomena and the use of scientific methods and theories.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the processes of human behavior and social and cultural interaction, as well as the use of social and behavioral science perspectives to interpret them.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of culture over time and its relation to the present.
  • Students are familiar with the diversity of a global culture marked by racial, ethnic, gender and regional differences.
  • Students communicate orally and in writing in another language.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of literary, visual or performing arts and their cultural context, as well as express informed personal responses to artistic creations.
  • Students integrate insights from several disciplines and apply them to value choices and ethical decisions.