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Topics of Inquiry

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Creativity: Design, Expression, Innovation

In any discipline, creativity is a process that turns novel ideas into reality. Courses in this topic require higher-order thought processes that imagine new possibilities. Through the application of innovative thought and activity, students will conceive and/or produce new forms of expression, ideas, mechanisms, and products.

TOI-1 Criteria

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Cultural Dimensions of Human Experiences

Human cultures are fluid and interwoven sets of values, shared beliefs, language, customs, and artistic expressions shaped by experience and history. Courses in this topic promote understanding of cultures of groups of people—large or small—through examination of their specific literary and artistic expressions, their ways of thinking and behaving, their achievements and struggles, and their evolving relationships to their past.

TOI-2 Criteria

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Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

The dynamics of power and privilege produce inequalities at individual, structural, and cultural levels. Human identities develop through cultural values, social group membership, and lived experiences. How societies perceive and manage this cultural, social, and biological diversity can foster or suppress human identity in democratic life, thereby shaping social and individual experiences.

TOI-3 Criteria

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Environmental Literacy

As part of natural systems, humans impact the health and well-being of natural systems and of Earth systems. Conversely, natural and Earth systems impact human health and well-being. By recognizing critical environmental concerns, individuals within social, political, and legal systems develop knowledge, skills, and motivation to make informed and responsible decisions concerning human relationships with the natural and Earth systems and take actions to improve the well-being of other individuals, societies, and the global environment.

TOI-4 Criteria

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Individual Values and Social Institutions

Informed citizenship and leadership call on an appreciation of how society is organized on multiple scales, from individual values and actions to social institutions and economic systems.

TOI-5 Criteria

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Scientific and Empirical Inquiry

Knowledge production stems from an interplay of observation, data, hypotheses, and theory concerning the natural universe, social systems, and theoretical models. Through scientific inquiry in the form of problem-solving and questioning, a greater understanding of observable phenomena develops and facilitates well-reasoned conclusions and predictions.

TOI-6 Criteria