This course considers, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the questions "What is an educated person? What character traits mark an educated person? And how does becoming educated impact one's personal, family and social life?" While it is a required course for all students who plan to complete an Individualized B.A., it is also a helpful course for students in any of the other colleges who are not sure about their major focus. The course helps students develop their own individualized degree plans or program outlines by providing time to reflect on what they want to learn and the best way to learn it. Students assess their own academic strengths and weaknesses and meet resource people from around the university who challenge them to think about education in a broad and liberating manner. While most students often focus first on their vocational goals in higher education, this course challenges students to think also about their community involvement and lifelong learning needs.
- Evaluate how factors such as gender, race, cultural perspectives and socio-economic status relate to the question of what it means to be an educated person.
- Reflect on what education means in the context of your participation in local and global communities.
- Analyze what it means to be an educated person through multiple perspectives in the context of the history of education and various educational philosophies.
- Design an individualized degree plan that fulfills their self-defined learning needs, in the context of Metropolitan State University.