Doral College’s Associate in Arts academic program is designed to furnish students a foundational set of learning skills as well as provide broad-based knowledge in multiple disciplines. Both of these aims are necessary for success in future educational endeavors, professional careers, and lifelong learning. Doral College students are expected to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, to think critically, and to access and use information from multiple sources. The general education program requires students to increase and widen their base of knowledge and understanding by taking courses from a broad range of disciplines including mathematics, science, English, humanities, and social sciences. In addition, students can take elective courses depending on their future majors or interests. Recognizing the variety of student learning styles and schedules, the College offers courses in online, face to face, and hybrid formats. Most courses are available in online or hybrid formats.
Enhancing this curriculum is the recognition of the interconnectedness of learning, and Doral College stresses an interdisciplinary approach. Every graduate of the program is required to complete a four credit hour Capstone Course that entails an interdisciplinary study of a topic chosen by the student and approved by his or her faculty mentor and the Capstone Committee. The project may be in the form of a paper, video, multi-media presentation, art work, performance, or other format which emphasizes connections between academic disciplines and displays the student’s mastery of the subject.
With faculty being encouraged to include interdisciplinary elements in their classes, the student is further exposed to the proposition that education is best achieved through a focused integration of perspectives. The end result will be a student who is an independent thinker, accustomed to an interdisciplinary approach with a broader exposure to knowledge and understanding.