Oct 06, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardinal Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes


Human Communities 

Individual Expression

Natural World

Quantitative Reasoning

U.S. Identities

World Cultures

Human Communities 

Courses in this area promote a critical self-awareness of individuals’ roles and responsibilities within communities by examining how people interact with each other and in groups. 

Knowledge - Either Foreign Language or Social Sciences

Foreign Language 

  1. Demonstrate a basic proficiency in the understanding and use of a non-English language. 
  2. Knowledge of the distinctive features of communities associated with the language they are studying. 

Social Sciences 

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the methods social scientists use to  explore phenomena. 
  2. Knowledge of major concepts, models and issues of at least one discipline in the social sciences. 

Skill - Either Communication, Critical Thinking, Discovery and Inquiry, or Quantitative Reasoning 

Communication 

  1. Express and exchange ideas clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats and for many audiences involving diverse people and viewpoints. 
  2. Demonstrate competence in oral and written communication. 
  3. Actively listen, critically analyze, and evaluate the oral communication of others, and demonstrate respect for the words and ideas of others through civil discourse.

Critical Thinking 

  1. Interpret visual images, artifacts and data according to appropriate disciplinary  methods, and formulate a critical judgment on  the value or significance of the relevant subject matter that demonstrates general  understanding. 
  2. Analyze the structure of an argument, artistic  composition, or interpretation and its context,  including: a. identify the elements/evidence of an  argument, artistic composition,  interpretation or problem; b. identify assumptions and the various  perspectives of an argument, artistic  composition, or interpretation; and c. identify the reasoning that leads to a  conclusion, interpretation, decision, or  solution. 
  3. Evaluate and critique one’s own and others’  assumptions, evidence, inferences,  conclusions and theories, and the contexts in  which these are encountered. Draw implications from this critique and acquire  knowledge that can be used to solve other problems, make appropriate decisions,  formulate new arguments or interpretations. 

Discovery and Inquiry 

  1. Identify and evaluate diverse forms of  information to support an original thesis.
  2. Observe, analyze, and draw conclusions regarding phenomena using scientific reasoning and methods. 

Quantitative Reasoning 

  1. Identify and apply appropriate quantitative  methods to solve practical problems. 
  2. Summarize and interpret quantitative data.
  3. Explain quantitative analyses using  appropriate language (numerical and/or  verbal) and using appropriate graphical representations (charts, graphs, etc.).
  4. Evaluate the relative capacity of quantitative analysis to answer important questions. 

Perspective - Social Justice and Responsibility 

  1. Be prepared to engage with diverse groups of people while recognizing cultural and individual differences in interaction.
  2. Explain historical influences on identity development, interpersonal relationships, and the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
  3. Reflect on how power, positionality, privilege and other socio-structural factors affect their lives and the lives of those in their community. 

Individual Expression

Courses in this area encourage students to reflect on their roles within a diverse society through exploration of the multiple ways we reason, engage with, document, and creatively represent or express the range of human experience.

Knowledge - Choose either Arts SLO or Humanities SLO

Arts

Demonstrate understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein.

Humanities

Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the Humanities.

Skill - Assigned Critical Thinking SLOs

Critical Thinking

  1. Interpret visual images, artifacts and data according to appropriate disciplinary methods, and formulate a critical judgment on the value or significance of the relevant subject matter that demonstrates general understanding.
  2. Analyze the structure of an argument, artistic composition, or interpretation and its context, including:
  • identify the elements/evidence of an argument, artistic composition, interpretation or problem;
  • identify assumptions and the various perspectives of an argument, artistic composition, or interpretation; and
  • identify the reasoning that leads to a conclusion, interpretation, decision, or solution.
  1. Evaluate and critique one’s own and others’ assumptions, evidence, inferences, conclusions and theories, and the contexts in which these are encountered. Draw implications from this critique and acquire knowledge that can be used to solve other problems, make appropriate decisions, formulate new arguments or interpretations.

Perspective - Assigned Individual Development and Responsibility SLOs

Individual Development and Responsibility

  1. Discuss, evaluate, and reflect on their roles as a member of a pluralistic society.
  2. Recognize personal biases and demonstrate civil, ethical, and professional behavior.

Natural World

Courses in this area explore the scientific concepts, models, and methods necessary to study natural phenomena that affect the global community.

Knowledge - Assigned Natural World SLOs

Natural World

  1. Understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena.
  2. Apply scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural or physical sciences.

Skill - Assigned Discovery and Inquiry SLOs

Discovery and Inquiry

  1. Identify and evaluate diverse forms of information to support an original thesis.
  2. Observe, analyze, and draw conclusions regarding phenomena using scientific reasoning and methods.

Perspective - Choose either Global Awareness and Responsibility SLOs, Individual Development and Responsibility SLOs, or Social Justice and Responsibility SLOs

Global Awareness and Responsibility

  1. Identify problems or conditions that are global in scope, assess the complex forces causing or affecting them, and evaluate their consequences upon people and environments.
  2. Understand their personal role and responsibilities as a citizen in an increasingly diverse, highly interconnected global community.
  3. Be prepared for ongoing exploration of global issues.
  4. Recognize their ability to effect change as an individual or as a member of a community.

Individual Development and Responsibility

  1. Discuss, evaluate, and reflect on their roles as a member of a pluralistic society.
  2. Recognize personal biases and demonstrate civil, ethical, and professional behavior.

Social Justice and Responsibility

  1. Be prepared to engage with diverse groups of people while recognizing cultural and individual differences in interaction.
  2. Explain historical influences on identity development, interpersonal relationships, and the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
  3. Reflect on how power, positionality, privilege and other socio-structural factors affect their lives and the lives of those in their community.

Quantitative Reasoning

Courses in this area develop and utilize quantitative skills to address practical problems in order to better understand the world.

Knowledge - Assigned Mathematics SLOs

Mathematics

  1. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models.
  2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally.
  3. Employ quantitative methods such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems.
  4. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.
  5. Demonstrate recognition of the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.

Skill - Assigned Quantitative Reasoning SLOs

Quantitative Reasoning

  1. Identify and apply appropriate quantitative methods to solve practical problems.
  2. Summarize and interpret quantitative data.
  3. Explain quantitative analyses using appropriate language (numerical and/or verbal) and using appropriate graphical representations (charts, graphs, etc.).
  4. Evaluate the relative capacity of quantitative analysis to answer important questions.

 

Perspective - Choose either Global Awareness and Responsibility SLOs, Individual Development and Responsibility SLOs, or Social Justice and Responsibility SLOs

 

Global Awareness and Responsibility

  1. Identify problems or conditions that are global in scope, assess the complex forces causing or affecting them, and evaluate their consequences upon people and environments.
  2. Understand their personal role and responsibilities as a citizen in an increasingly diverse, highly interconnected global community.
  3. Be prepared for ongoing exploration of global issues.
  4. Recognize their ability to effect change as an individual or as a member of a community.

Individual Development and Responsibility

  1. Discuss, evaluate, and reflect on their roles as a member of a pluralistic society.
  2. Recognize personal biases and demonstrate civil, ethical, and professional behavior.

Social Justice and Responsibility

  1. Be prepared to engage with diverse groups of people while recognizing cultural and individual differences in interaction.
  2. Explain historical influences on identity development, interpersonal relationships, and the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
  3. Reflect on how power, positionality, privilege and other socio-structural factors affect their lives and the lives of those in their community.

U.S. Identities

Courses in this area explore communities, histories, and institutions within the United States to engage students in critical examination of their roles in American society.

Knowledge - Assigned American History SLOs

American History

  1. Understand a basic narrative of the United States, including unity and diversity in American society.
  2. Describe common institutions in American society and how they have affected different groups.
  3. Explain America’s evolving relationship with the rest of the world.

Skill -Choose either Communication SLOs or Critical Thinking SLOs

Communication

  1. Express and exchange ideas clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats and for many audiences involving diverse people and viewpoints.
  2. Demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.
  3. Actively listen, critically analyze, and evaluate the oral communication of others, and demonstrate respect for the words and ideas of others through civil discourse.

Critical Thinking

  1. Interpret visual images, artifacts and data according to appropriate disciplinary methods, and formulate a critical judgment on the value or significance of the relevant subject matter that demonstrates general understanding.
  2. Analyze the structure of an argument, artistic composition, or interpretation and its context, including:
  • identify the elements/evidence of an argument, artistic composition, interpretation or problem;
  • identify assumptions and the various perspectives of an argument, artistic composition, or interpretation; and
  • identify the reasoning that leads to a conclusion, interpretation, decision, or solution.
  1. Evaluate and critique one’s own and others’ assumptions, evidence, inferences, conclusions and theories, and the contexts in which these are encountered. Draw implications from this critique and acquire knowledge that can be used to solve other problems, make appropriate decisions, formulate new arguments or interpretations.

Perspective - Choose either Individual Development and Responsibility SLOs or Social Justice and Responsibility SLOs

Individual Development and Responsibility

  1. Discuss, evaluate, and reflect on their roles as a member of a pluralistic society.
  2. Recognize personal biases and demonstrate civil, ethical, and professional behavior.

Social Justice and Responsibility

  1. Be prepared to engage with diverse groups of people while recognizing cultural and individual differences in interaction.
  2. Explain historical influences on identity development, interpersonal relationships, and the dynamics of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression.
  3. Reflect on how power, positionality, privilege and other socio-structural factors affect their lives and the lives of those in their community.

World Cultures

Courses in this area explore communities, histories, and institutions outside the United States to engage students in critical examination of their roles in a global society.

Knowledge - Choose either Other World Civilizations SLO or Western Civilization SLO

Other World Civilizations

Knowledge of a broad outline of world history.

Western Civilization

Demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features of a civilization, culture, or nation outside of the United States of America.

Skill - Assigned Communication SLOs

Communication

  1. Express and exchange ideas clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats and for many audiences involving diverse people and viewpoints.
  2. Demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.
  3. Actively listen, critically analyze, and evaluate the oral communication of others, and demonstrate respect for the words and ideas of others through civil discourse. (Note-Evaluation of oral communication does not specifically require student evaluation of student presentations. The style of discourse, presenters evaluated, and criteria for evaluation may be determined by the needs of the course.)

Perspective - Assigned Global Awareness and Responsibility SLOs

Global Awareness and Responsibility

  1. Identify problems or conditions that are global in scope, assess the complex forces causing or affecting them, and evaluate their consequences upon people and environments.
  2. Understand their personal role and responsibilities as a citizen in an increasingly diverse, highly interconnected global community.
  3. Be prepared for ongoing exploration of global issues.
  4. Recognize their ability to effect change as an individual or as a member of a community.