Core Student Learning Goals

Main page content

Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  • inquiry & problem solving: collect, evaluate, and analyze information and resources to solve problems or answer questions.
  • research methods & application: approach complex issues by taking a large question and breaking it down into manageable pieces.
  • synthesis & context: make meaningful connections among assignments and readings in order to develop a sense of the ‘big picture.’


  • argumentation: formulate an original thesis-driven argument and sustain it in both written and verbal communication.
  • analysis: identify, analyze, and summarize/represent the key elements of a text.
  • disciplinary awareness: enter/place themselves into an existing dialogue (intellectual, political, etc.).
  • expression of ideas: express ideas clearly in writing and speaking in order to synthesize and evaluate information before presenting it.

Global Perspective-Diversity-Civic Engagement

  • disciplinary perspective: understand events and processes as ‘disciplinarily’ situated.
  • global perspective: interact with concepts, ideas, and processes related to the interdependences between personal, local, and global relationships.
  • diversity: think outside of cultural norms and values, including their own perspectives, to critically engage the larger world.
  • civic engagement: interact with concepts, ideas, and processes related to civic engagement.

Quantitative Literacy

  • Use quantitative evidence (including statistics, graphs, etc.) in support of an argument.
  • Analyze and evaluate a chart or graph and interpret it (through discussion, a written assignment, etc.)
  • Find quantitative data to support an argument.