General Catalog 2022-2023

Goals and Competencies of the General Education Program

The General Education Program of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico is based on the following goals and competencies. These aim to develop professionals with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for a diverse and changing society and work environment in the globalized world of the 21st century.

Goal I: Develop a person with humanistic sensitivity, capable of contributing to the solution of problems with a collaborative attitude, using research, critical, creative and innovative thinking in an international context.

  • Competency 1: Demonstrate a critical, creative, scientific, humanistic, ethical and aesthetic attitude for the solution of problems, based on the use of research methods, sources of information, and technological advances.
  • Competency 2: Demonstrate capability and willingness for collaborative work and negotiation.

Goal II: Develop a person with communicative competence in Spanish and English, with native-language mastery of one of the two languages.

  • Competency 3: Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English, with a higher level of mastery in the first language.

Goal III: Develop a person who values diversity, appreciates other cultures, is aware of their social, ethical, civic, and environmental responsibility and exerts leadership in a democratic context.

  • Competency 4: Demonstrate leadership qualities, appreciation for other cultures, and respect and appreciation of diversity.
  • Competency 5: Demonstrate commitment to social, ethical, civic, and environmental responsibility.

Goal IV: Develop a person who understands and values Christian faith from an ecumenical openness and its implications for culture.

  • Competency 6: Apply the principles that define a culture of peace from an ecumenical-Christian, interreligious, multicultural, and academic perspective.
  • Competency 7: Demonstrate respect and sensitivity towards religious plurality and other beliefs.

Goal V: Develop a person committed to the integral health, well-being, and quality of life of the individual and society.

  • Competency 8: Apply the fundamental knowledge of integral health to promote the welfare and quality of life of the individual and society.

Goal VI: Develop a person capable of solving problems through scientific thinking, logical and quantitative reasoning, and the use of information and communication technologies, in an ethical, critical, creative, and innovative way.

  • Competency 9: Apply scientific thinking and logical and quantitative reasoning for decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Competency 10: Use information and communication technologies for decision-making and problem-solving.

Goal VII: Develop a person with knowledge of the historical, social, and cultural context of Puerto Rico and the world.

  • Competency 11: Understand the historical, political, social, and economic processes and their effects and implications in the formation of contemporary societies.
  • Competency 12: Value the historical, social, and cultural differences that have contributed to forge the knowledge society.

Goal VIII: Develop a person who has an entrepreneurial attitude and is committed to lifelong learning.

  • Competency 13: Demonstrate capability for self-management, entrepreneurship, and lifelong learning in the face of social and economic changes in a global world.