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Humanities Base

For students who have entered the University of Dayton prior to Fall 2013, Humanities Base courses help students develop general level academic reading and writing skills. Reading and writing effectively are essential to every student's ability to succeed in college and in life.  Well-developed reading and writing skills enable students to learn new information, critically examine its value and unity, share new insights with others, and act in socially responsible ways. Upon completion of the Humanities Base, students will be able to:

  • read, analyze, and evaluate college-level non-fiction prose
  • read, analyze, and evaluate literary texts in light of the Humanities Base themes
  • write college-level expository essays
  • write college-level argumentative essays
  • use emerging technologies in completing their research and writing assignments
  • write essays for a variety of audiences
  • write essays for a variety of purposes
  • employ fundamental critical thinking skills
  • engage in basic research activities

Humanities Base courses also help students develop information literacy skills for acquiring, understanding, manipulating, deriving, generating, storing, and presenting information for the purpose of problem analysis and decision-making. The purpose of gaining these skills is for students to understand the importance of information and information technology to their studies, career, and personal lives, and to empower students to be proficient in an information society. Information literacy skills allow students to be better scholars, to understand the quality and usefulness of scholarship, to understand the nature of an information-rich society, and to use a variety of information sources and technologies for common information processing in scholarship and life.  The Humanities Base courses help students:

  • develop effective strategies for using information technologies when seeking knowledge.
  • understand the structure, form, and access methods of recorded information.
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyze the information gathered from a variety of sources.
  • use information and information technology responsibly and ethically.
  • demonstrate an interest in and ability for life-long learning about information technology.