We frame the study of mathematics within the context of a Christian liberal arts environment that fosters critical and innovative thinking, promotes ethical awareness, views all disciplines as inter-disciplinary, develops an openness to other people and ideas, and prepares persons for a life of continued personal growth, development and learning.
Our perspective includes:
- a focus on education, training, and the synthesis of ideas and concepts,
- the valuing of research, consultation, and service outside of the institution, and
- the welcoming of activities that enhance the educational process.
Our mission is to maintain an up-to-date curriculum that meets societal needs, is responsive to individual student capabilities and goals,fosters Christian liberal arts values, and serves the curricular needs of other departments in the institution.
Our primary goals are to:
- maintain learning objectives that are consistent with Christian liberal arts values, professional standards, and societal needs;
- provide a multi-faceted learning environment that enables students to achieve established learning objectives;
- engage in dialog to respond to the needs of other departments;
- maintain disciplinary competence and pedagogical excellence;
- actively recruit students to department courses and co-curricular activities;
- encourage and support the generation and dissemination of new knowledge;
- prepare students for specific careers or graduate programs.
Student Learning Objectives
A student who successfully completes a major in mathematics will:
- develop mathematical ways of thinking and knowing (i.e., logic and deduction, data interpretation and analysis, modeling, pattern recognition and inference, abstraction, symbolism, optimization),
- make and value connections among different areas of mathematics,
- communicate mathematics through written and oral means,
- use general problem-solving strategies,
- use computers and calculators appropriately as mathematical problem-solving tools,
- have increased knowledge of and sensitivity to a variety of historical and cultural contexts in which mathematics has developed,
- develop self-confidence and enthusiasm along with technical expertise,
- experience mathematics as a collaborative, as well as an individual, enterprise,
- integrate spiritual/ethical values with mathematical activity,
- be prepared for life-long learning in a discipline where knowledge grows exponentially, and
- be aware of career and education opportunities.