Catalogue 2020 - 2021

Perspectives of Understanding

Western New England University is committed to developing in its students an appreciation of multiple perspectives of understanding. Perspectives are the systematic ways various academic disciplines view and interpret the world around us. Each perspective enhances the students’ understanding of the complexity of the environment in which we live and of the richness of human experience. Ultimately, these perspectives have the potential to expose us to a breadth of disciplines, deepen our judgments, and inform our responses to the opportunities and challenges of life and work in the 21st century. They can help us to lead more responsible and fulfilling lives as individuals, family members, and citizens of democracy.

Perspectives courses generally emphasize three components. First is the approach or method of analysis in the discipline; second is the factual foundation of the discipline; and third is the contribution of the discipline to a greater knowledge of contemporary issues. Perspectives of Understanding included in the General University Requirements are Natural Science, Social/Behavioral Science, History, Global Cultures, Ethics, and Aesthetics.

Students must complete a minimum of six perspectives courses that collectively achieve the following requirements:
  • All perspectives are covered.
  • Two are natural science courses, each with laboratories, or two sequential courses in natural science, the first of which must have a laboratory.
Note: Comparative courses that combine two perspectives, such as Global Cultures and Aesthetics, will satisfy the requirement in both areas. However, students must still take a minimum of four perspectives courses in addition to the two natural science courses.