General Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

In Duquesne’s student-centered University Core Curriculum, the goals of the general education program are conceived in terms of desired “Student Learning Outcomes.”  Upon the completion of all of the requirements for the University Core Curriculum each student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical, creative, and constructive thinking and communication – written and verbal – informed by the humanities and the social and natural sciences;
  2. Recognize the diverse ways of knowing intrinsic to the intellectual disciplines and some significant ways in which they foster self-growth, broader understanding, and self-initiated learning;
  3. Demonstrate literacy and problem-solving ability in quantitative, qualitative, and scientific analysis;
  4. Comprehend fundamental human questions through the study of selected texts and figures in philosophy and theology;
  5. Explain how religion can inform personal, societal, and professional life through study of and reflection on theological sources and questions;
  6. Perceive and analyze basic ethical and moral problems — personal, professional and societal;
  7. Recognize the importance of the creative arts and of artistic expression;
  8. Identify some of the unique perspectives provided by faith and reason in the pursuit of truth;
  9. Develop a global perspective through investigating diversity within global, national, and local contexts;
  10. Distinguish among opinions, facts, and inferences and be open to revising personal judgments after careful and critical thought;
  11. Demonstrate technological capabilities appropriate to the disciplines and information literacy, which includes critical analysis and reasoning.