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We believe that a liberal arts education develops habits of mind necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning. Our student-centered liberal arts core curriculum provides an interdisciplinary foundation for learning and empowers students for success in their professional, personal, and civic lives.

Liberal Arts Core outcomes

Civic engagement
​​​​​​Students will participate in activities of personal and public concern that are meaningful to the student and socially beneficial to the community.  In the process, they will develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make and reflect on that difference. 

Creative thinking
Students will be able to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original and imaginative ways that involve processes of thinking, reacting, and working characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

Critical thinking
Students will be able to analyze information and ideas from multiple perspectives and articulate an argument, opinion, or conclusion based on this analysis. 

Diversity & global learning
Students will be able to critically analyze and engage complex, interdependent structures and constructs (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, or political) and their implications for individuals, groups, communities, or cultures. Students will also develop awareness of diversity, learn the importance of inclusivity and seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities. 

Information literacy
Students will be able to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use that information for the task or problem at hand.

Inquiry & analysis
Students will be able to engage in inquiry as a systematic process of exploring issues/objects/works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions/judgments. 

Oral presentation
Students will be able to deliver well-prepared and purposeful presentations that are grounded in credible information and organized effectively.

Problem solving
Students will be able to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer a question or achieve a goal.

Quantitative literacy
Students will be able to use quantifiable information and mathematical analysis to make connections and draw conclusions. Students will understand and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

Written communication
Students will demonstrate competency in written communication with the ability to write and express ideas across a variety of genres and styles.

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Pete McCormick

Liberal Arts Core Committee co-chairs

Sarah Roberts-Cady

Candace Nadon