Outcomes and Assessment

Foundational Core

The Core Curriculum has seven primary learning outcomes: critical reading, written and oral communication, information literacy, critical thinking, scientific literacy, and social and global awareness. The outcomes for each course are listed below.

First-year Seminar
Students will develop metacognitive thinking strategies, evaluate and construct deductive and inductive arguments, evaluate sources of information, understand and use basic statistical reasoning, and use critical and creative approaches to address moral and social problems.

Critical Thinking
Students will distinguish between arguments and non-arguments; communicate the structure of an argument; distinguish between types of arguments; evaluate arguments in way appropriate to their argument type; spot common fallacies; solve problems using careful, methodical reasoning, at times using symbolic logic; critique and analyze generalizations such as surveys or polls; and use and critique causal and analogical reasoning

Experiencing Literature (or equivalent)
Students will read critically various works of literature, understand and make use of literary terms, and speak and write critically about works of literature.

Western Civilization
Students discuss major long-term developments in the history of Western civilization from its ancient origins to/from the Renaissance to the present; read, digest, and analyze in writing complex texts including primary sources; and write evidence-based essays explaining and documenting key events and ideas that are studied in the course

Math
Students reason logically from clearly identified assumptions/axioms in order to derive mathematically sound conclusions and translate scenarios into mathematical language, reason mathematically about the problem, and interpret the results of their reasoning in the context of the original situation.

Philosophy
Students read, discuss, and critically evaluate the texts of major representative figures in the history of philosophy; and develop the ability to ask and/or deliberate upon fundamental philosophical questions in writing, demonstrating clear philosophical reasoning.

Theology/Religious Studies
Students develop read, discuss, and critically evaluate scriptures, and/or thinkers in a religious tradition, and/or theorists of religion and ask and/or deliberate upon fundamental questions in writing, using theological or religious-studies reasoning

Art/Design/Communications/Foreign Languages
Students demonstrate an understanding of the creative process through studio exercises and assignments and demonstrate an understanding of content knowledge and production processes in the arts disciplines.

Social/Behavioral Sciences
Students describe and analyze social and political institutions, human behavior and interaction, and/or economic relations.

Natural/Physical Sciences
Students analyze and/or apply the scientific process of investigation to questions, concepts, theories, and/or experimental data relating to the natural or physical world.

The Human Journey: Great Books Seminars

Students read and critically analyze texts of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition; analyze perspectives of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on fundamental questions about God, self, society, and nature; and explain how various texts of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition represent the four fundamental claims of the Tradition.

Liberal Arts Explorations

Humanistic Inquiry. Students examine issues related to human experience and expression; analyze aspects of individual identity, including values, beliefs, and behaviors; and use critical reflection to better understand ourselves and each other.

Social and Global Awareness. Students analyze historical or contemporary perspectives on issues related to human society and organization, including a diversity of cultures; use that knowledge to compare solutions to complex problems; and explore ethical modes of citizenship and collective action on local and global scales.

Scientific Literacy. Students explain the scientific method and its related processes; use appropriate data or evidence to weigh competing claims, especially those of concern to informed citizens; and identify the aims and limits of scientific inquiry and reasoning.