1. Written Communication: Through extensive written assignments, students develop skills in expository, argumentative, and creative writing, and in effective speaking and listening.
  2. Oral Communication: Students develop oral presentation skills and participate in discussions.
  3. Effective Reading and Critical Thinking: Students develop skills in reading and understanding complex, intellectually demanding material.
  4. Social Function: Students develop an understanding of how to function well in society by analyzing and evaluating significant issues in societies past and present, including issues of race, gender, ethnicity, and culture.