Johnson C. Smith University Overhauls Its Liberal Studies Program

Johnson C. Smith University, the historically black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, has revamped its liberal studies program, which includes the core curriculum for undergraduate students. The goal of the change is to make students more attractive to employers once they graduate from college.

The new program will emphasize communication and writing skills, critical thinking, and skills to help students learn independently and to work better in teams.

“Our goal is to more closely align our general educational requirements with our mission of developing in our students the professional and social skills needed for their success in the workplace,” said Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University. “Employers want individuals who can think creatively and for themselves, communicate effectively in writing and speaking and work collaboratively. We have refocused our program to address these critical needs.”

The new requirement will go into effect for all students in the fall of 2013.

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