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Summary of Core Curriculum Learning Goals

The CORE Curriculum Summary of Learning Outcomes (PDF)

The Core Curriculum focuses on the learning goals that form the core of a modern liberal arts education at a leading comprehensive 21st century public research university. Student progress in the Core is measured by the breadth of goals achieved, and a single course can fulfill multiple goals. Students exercise meaningful choice among courses from across disciplines specifically certified as meeting these goals.

View the Core Goals Rubrics

Upon completion of the Core Curriculum STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO:

21stcenturychallenges21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES  [21C] - (6 credits) 
Students must meet 2 goals.

a. Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person's experiences of and perspectives on the world.

b. Analyze a contemporary global issue from a multidisciplinary perspective.

c. Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue.

d. Analyze issues of social justice across local and global contexts.

areasofinquiryAREAS OF INQUIRY
Natural Sciences [NS(6 credits) 
Students must meet 2 goals – each course meets e and (f or g or both).

e. Understand and apply basic principles and concepts in the physical or biological sciences.

f. Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in scientific analysis.

g. Identify and critically assess ethical issues in science.

Social and Historical Analysis
(see HST and SCL below – all courses meet at least one of h, i, & j)

h. Understand the bases and development of human and societal endeavors across time and place.

i. Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in social and historical analysis.

j. Identify and critically assess ethical issues in social science and history.

Historical Analysis [HST] (3 credits)
Students must meet one of (k or l) - all courses meet one of (h, i, j) above.

k. Explain the development of some aspect of a society or culture over time, including the history of ideas or history of science.

l. Employ historical reasoning to study human endeavors.

Social Analysis  [SCL] (3 credits)
Students must meet one of (m or n) - all courses meet one of (h, i, j) above.

m. Understand different theories about human culture, social identity, economic entities, political systems, and other forms of social organization.

n. Apply concepts about human and social behavior to particular questions or situations.

Arts and the Humanities  [AH(6 credits) 
Students must meet two goals.

o. Examine critically philosophical and other theoretical issues concerning the nature of reality, human experience, knowledge, value, and/or cultural production.  [AHo]

p. Analyze arts and/or literatures in themselves and in relation to specific histories, values, languages, cultures, and technologies.  [AHp]

q. Understand the nature of human languages and their speakers.  [AHq]

r. Engage critically in the process of creative expression.  [AHr]

Writing and Communication [WC; WCR; WCD] (9 credits) 
Students must meet 4 goals - 01:355:101 [WC]; one WCR (s-2); and
one WCD (t)

(s-1) Communicate complex ideas effectively, in standard written English, to a general audience.

(s-2) Respond effectively to editorial feedback from peers, instructors, &/or supervisors through successive drafts & revision. [WCR]

t. Communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry. [WCD]

u. Evaluate and critically assess sources and use the conventions of attribution and citation correctly.

v. Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate new insights.

Quantitative and Formal Reasoning  [QQ; QR] (6 credits) 
Students must meet two goals.

w. Formulate, evaluate, and communicate conclusions and inferences from quantitative information. [QQ
    (includes various quantitative methods courses as well as 640 courses)

x. Apply effective and efficient mathematical or other formal processes to reason and to solve problems. [QR]
    (includes 640 courses and formal reasoning courses)

Information Technology and Research [ITR] (3 credits or equivalent)
Students must meet one goal.

y. Employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings.

z. Analyze and critically assess information from traditional and emergent technologies.

aa. Understand the principles that underlie information systems.


(e.g. E credit courses cannot be used to meet goals, nor can Pass/No Credit courses).

Generally, students will need to take 10 – 14 courses to complete the Core, some of which may also fulfill major or minor requirements.

View the Student Guide to Core Requirements & Certified Courses

View the Core Goals Rubrics

Please note:  School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) students also complete several additional SEBS-specific Core requirements.

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