Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

General Education Goals in the University Core

MVNU’s philosophy of education shall be implemented through the following goals for students. While no single course can fulfill every goal, the General Education curriculum as a whole should foster these ten goals. These goals are illustrated (though not exhaustively) by the student’s abilities in the areas that follow each goal below.

Goal 1 Integrative Thinking

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Gather, analyze, and synthesize knowledge from within disciplines and between disciplines;
  2. Draw thoughtful, informed conclusions from disparate and complex information;
  3. Apply sound theological thinking to the academic disciplines and to life;
  4. Connect theory with practice.

Goal 2 Critical Thinking

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Recognize and evaluate multiple frameworks and points of view from which thinking is done;
  2. Identify and assess assumptions;
  3. Evaluate the appropriateness of procedures for investigating questions;
  4. Identify and evaluate explanations of cause and correlation;
  5. Evaluate hypotheses for consistency with facts and methodology;
  6. Determine the relevance and reliability of information for evaluating an argument;
  7. Recognize flaws and inconsistencies in an argument;
  8. Establish appropriate inferences and conclusions from information.

Goal 3 Adaptability and Problem Solving

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Evaluate information sources for reliability, validity, and integrity;
  2. Apply sound principles and best practices to novel problems;
  3. Allow new insights from the academic disciplines to inform their theology;

Goal 4 Aesthetic Development

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Understand the interactive influences between artistic expressions and culture (commerce, media, history, politics);
  2. Explain the essential elements of multiple media forms, including originality, creativity, and other aesthetic values;
  3. Interpret and appreciate artistic expression and creative processes from multiple frameworks in a way that is both thoughtful and informed;
  4. Make reasoned and comparative judgments about the overall value of artistic expressions;
  5. Affirm goodness, truth, and beauty in various artistic forms as meaningful expressions of the image and likeness of God.

Goal 5 Citizenship

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Recognize the elements of citizenship;
  2. Assume the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship as change-agents in their communities;
  3. Develop their citizen callings as Christians in local, regional, national, and international contexts;
  4. Appreciate the inherent tension in dual citizenship in the Kingdom of God and in the world.

Goal 6 Service

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Ascertain their gifts and abilities for service to God and others;
  2. Recognize their responsibilities to use their gifts for service to God and others;
  3. Refine their gifts for service to God and humanity;
  4. Practice their gifts in local, regional, national, and international contexts.

Goal 7 Stewardship

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Understand the privileges and responsibilities as stewards of all creation;
  2. Demonstrate stewardship of natural, cultural, and material resources;
  3. Recognize and use their spiritual intellectual and physical gifts in the context of calling;
  4. Nurture and challenge the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

Goal 8 Diversity

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Understand and value the God-given diversity inherent in gender, race, age, ability, and geographic origin;
  2. Respect people in diverse human cultures, religions, socioeconomic classes, and ethnicities through meaningful engagement;
  3. Apply their God-given callings in culturally diverse environments;
  4. Understand and value the diversity of the natural world.

Goal 9 Christian Worldview

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Identify the key elements and functions of a worldview;
  2. Assess the claims of truth in world views;
  3. Develop and articulate an academically informed Christian worldview in general and a Wesleyan-Arminian Holiness perspective in particular;
  4. Understand the personal reformation involved in living out the implications of a Christ-centered worldview.

Goal 10 Christ-Like Character

As demonstrated by students’ ability to:

  1. Identify and analyze central ethical issues that are essential for Christian formation in the twenty-first century;
  2. Assess the validity and truthfulness of personal, familial, communal, and institutional challenges from the perspective of Kingdom ethics;
  3. Attain the appropriate knowledge for virtuous decision-making;
  4. Engage critical ethical thinking from an informed Wesleyan-Arminian perspective centered in the quadrilateral;
  5. Ground ethical thinking in truth known through community;
  6. Live ethically through participative grace.