When you earn a degree at Lewis University, you will be prepared for a life of work and service in a global society. Lewis’s general education program provides you with the essential coursework and experiences to build a strong foundation for success.
As an integrated central component of a Lewis education, the program addresses various student interests and talents, expands student understandings and learning opportunities, and connects directly to future professional and work life.
Lewis’s general education program addresses the following components, all of which are considered in-demand to organizations, as you learn and prepare for challenges in the 21st century:
Develop your practical skills in communication and quantitative literacy to better prepare you for a meaningful career after graduation.
- Read, write, speak, calculate, and use technology at a demonstrated level of proficiency
- Use appropriate and effective language that skillfully communicates meaning to readers with clarity and fluency
- Discover, apply, and evaluate interpersonal goals, methods and skills
- Develop the confidence necessary to solve problems involving quantitative and qualitative data and communicate solutions to audiences
Cultivate the critical thinking, problem-solving, and performative skills necessary for success in the 21st Century.
- Experience and value the forms, aesthetics, and history of the arts
- Understand that a liberal education is a total-person experience, integrating all aspects of a human person
- Integrate this experience into a holistic approach to their intellectual, emotional and spiritual selves
Foster becoming an informed, engaged, and responsible citizen who appreciates our diverse and interconnected society.
- Become an informed, involved, and responsible citizen of a diverse yet interconnected national and global community through a grounding in economic, political, social, and historical influences
- Understand theoretical perspectives of individual, group, social, political and institutional behavior
- Develop the necessary skills to be civically engaged, such as written and oral communications, critical and analytical thinking, information literacy and conflict resolution
- Understand and apply the knowledge and values of global cultures to address real world issues
Further your understanding of the scientific method and how science is applied to society’s most pressing problems.
- Utilize the scientific method to analyze and evaluate information, synthesize and evaluate problem-solving strategies, and implement effective and innovative solutions to problems
- Describe how scientific theories and hypotheses are shaped by various factors and how issues related to the natural sciences impact the policies, plans and institutions of modern society
- Understand and evaluate existing scholarly literature in the sciences to synthesize and present data and explanations garnered from multiple sources
Discover how to use your knowledge and talents to further social justice in conversation with our Lasallian heritage.
- Evaluate ethical issues from multiple perspectives and apply those considerations to scenarios of personal integrity and socially responsible engagement, along with implications in ambiguous and complex situations
- Understand the place of faith, religion, and spirituality in the search for truth and meaning
- Assess the relationship between reason and faith by examining their manifestation in science religion and cultural ideology
- Evaluate different moral and ethical principles, perspectives, and concepts including those in the Catholic tradition
Explore the connections among disciplines to synthesize knowledge across the whole of your educational experience.
- Synthesize and apply knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems
- Demonstrate programmatic competency and a defined plan for career and personal development through lifelong learning
Included in these components are categories that allow you to explore personal interests while addressing the Essential Learning Outcomes proposed by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU):
- Civic Engagement
- Interdisciplinary Seminar
Upon transitioning to coursework within your declared major, you will be able to apply knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems, in addition to having a deeper understanding of the Lewis University Mission and the importance of a liberal arts foundation.
For more information contact the Office of Admission at admission@ or call (815) 836-5250.