Student Learning

General Education – Liberal Arts Core

The following learning goals guide the LAC assessment plan

  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
  • Intercultural
  • Interdisciplinary

Programs – All credential granting programs

Divisional samples of program student learning objectives


ProgramStudent Learning GoalStudent Learning Objective
Religious StudiesReligious Literacy & Knowledge of the MajorStudents will develop a foundational competence in religious literacy.
Students will demonstrate their abilities to apply the concepts and methods utilized in the academic study of religion.
Students will differentiate between the academic study of religion and the theological or confessional study of religion.
Critical ThinkingStudents will cultivate the skills of critical thinking and exhibit the ability to apply these skills in objective inquiry as expressed in written and oral communication.
Written CommunicationStudents will demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively in the various writing styles and genres appropriate to the study of the humanities.
Oral CommunicationStudents will demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas and arguments orally through formal expression and presentation

Social Sciences

ProgramStudent Learning GoalStudent Learning Objective
SociologyStudents understand the dialectical relationship between micro and macro social forces.Students will differentiate between the individual and larger social and cultural forces.
Students demonstrate clear, effective and creative written and verbal communication.Students communicate effectively in writing.
Students communicate effectively orally.
Students understand the historical and contemporary relevance of theoretical paradigms and apply these models to the analysis of empirical examples.Students will apply theory appropriately.
Students will interpret empirical information in theoretical context.