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Department of Mathematical Literacy

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Mathematical Literacy is to empower students through the mastery of core mathematics content and the application of mathematical knowledge. As such, the department provides quality instruction that builds a comprehensive mathematical foundation for a diverse student body preparing to enter a variety of professions. Recognizing the interdependence of academic disciplines, the Department offers courses designed to meet the mathematics needs of majors in other departments. Students are prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including business, health care, teaching, and the arts.

The department is committed to maintaining a strong undergraduate curriculum that provides a broad spectrum of courses in mathematics, mathematics education and statistics. Mathematical literacy involves developing an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, in order to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meets the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned, and reflective citizen.

The faculty brings diverse strengths and interests including mathematics education, applied mathematics, statistics, mathematical research, and the history of mathematics to collaborations with local community organizations, professional associations, and with other campus units and individuals with the aim of advancing mathematical literacy and promoting the shared belief that mathematics holds an important place in our history and is indispensable in our increasingly scientific and technological society.