General Education Goals

  1. Students will read analytically, synthetically, and critically in a variety of genres.
  2. Students will write in a variety of forms using valid logic, persuasive rhetoric, and correct grammar, usage, and punctuation.
  3. Students will be able to orally deliver a presentation with a clear central idea that is logically developed, supported by convincing evidence and valid reasoning, and expressed using language and delivery choices thoughtfully adapted to the audience.
  4. Students can represent, apply, analyze, and evaluate relevant qualitative and quantitative mathematical and scientific evidence (i.e. equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words) to support or refute an argument.
  5. Students will appreciate, create, and critique the persuasive power of art and media.
  6. The student will be able to apply ethical standards to social issues and analyze their own core beliefs and the origin of these beliefs.

General Education Objectives


  • The student will develop a college-level vocabulary, note taking skills, and active reading strategies.
  • The student knows a variety of genres and their conventions and understands the text in relation to particular contexts.
  • The student identifies the thesis, main ideas, and supporting evidence of a text.
  • The student comprehends textual organization and structure, outlining and articulating parts and wholes.
  • The student interprets the text using a variety of disciplinary strategies and conventions.
  • The student evaluates the ideas presented in the text within historical, disciplinary, or other contexts.
  • The student engages in intelligent conversation about the text in classroom and disciplinary settings.
  • The student reads synoptically a set of texts in relationship to one another.
  • The student recognizes implications of a text for larger social issues.


  • The student exercises control over the writing process, including prewriting, revision, and editing.
  • The student responds directly to a variety of prompts, assignments, and writing tasks.
  • The student writes in accordance with various generic and rhetorical conventions.
  • The student formulates a clear, central purpose or thesis.
  • The student organizes his or her ideas in a logical sequence appropriate to the discipline.
  • The student supports main ideas with convincing evidence and valid reasoning.
  • The student effectively and responsibly blends source material into his or her own writing, refuting and incorporating opposing viewpoints.
  • The student produces clear, concise, and coherent sentences and paragraphs.
  • The student composes grammatically correct sentences in a variety of types.
  • The student adheres to standard rules of spelling, punctuation, and usage.

Oral Communication

  • The student will conceive and articulate a clear central idea.
  • The student will support main ideas with convincing evidence and valid reasoning.
  • The student will organize his or her presentation in a logical sequence appropriate to the discipline.
  • The student will, when appropriate, qualify the central idea by refuting or incorporating opposing evidence and viewpoints.
  • The student will express their ideas using language thoughtfully adapted to the audience.
  • The student will appear comfortable and employ effective delivery techniques to make the presentation clear and engaging.

Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Inquiry

  • The student can perform correct, clear and concise calculations.
  • The student can interpret and explain information that is presented in mathematical forms (e.g. equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words).
  • The student can analyze and apply quantitative and scientific data to make judgements and draw appropriate conclusions.
  • The student can identify assumptions in scientific inquiry (e.g. estimation, modeling, and data analysis) and evaluate the validity of inferences drawn from the data.
  • The student can express quantitative or scientific evidence in support of an argument or the purpose of work (with respect to what evidence is used and how it is formatted, presented, and contextualized).
  • The student can apply mathematical and scientific evidence to the understanding and evaluation of real world ethical, spiritual, and intellectual issues.

Art and Media

  • Students will understand the basic principles of design (balance, contrast, unity, values, and color, etc.).
  • Students will understand the distinctive features and power of the arts.
  • Students will interpret works of art and media.
  • Students will create art in a variety of media, understanding its role in self-expression and communication.

Ethical Reasoning

  • The student will identify ethical standards that emerge from the Catholic tradition, the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences.
  • The student will synthesize a position on a complex, multilayered issue that involves differing perspectives, using ethical ideals from the Catholic tradition and different disciplines.
  • The student will analyze the assumptions an implications of the position.
  • The student will respond to objections and alternative views.
  • The student will thoughtfully analyze their own core beliefs.