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General Education Program

General education Learning Outcomes

Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our general education program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.

Learning Outcomes

General Education Learning Outcomes

Essential Skills:

  1. Critical Thinking -- Students will carefully explore issues in all their complexity and developing well-informed views and opinions.
  2. Creativity -- Students will produce music, art or writing that is creative, skillful and courageous.
  3. Writing -- Students will develop well-written arguments and ideas in ways that are clear, organized and forceful.
  4. Public Speaking -- Students will demonstrate communication skills through the delivery of strong, organized, persuasive presentations.
  5. Mathematics -- Students will examine quantitative problems and use quantitative data to understand and create sophisticated arguments and solve complex problems.
  6. Information Literacy -- Students will find, evaluate and use information critically, ethically and effectively.
  7. Collaboration -- Students will work collaboratively with others, contributing to group tasks and maintaining healthy relationships.

Personal Characteristics:

  1. Civic Responsibility -- Students will demonstrate an understanding and response to the challenges of being in a democracy and being aware of others' needs.
  2. Ethical Integrity -- Students will analyze ethical dilemmas, make ethical arguments and take ethical positions, especially when they are unpopular.
  3. Life-Long Learning -- Students will use a short-term experience in the academy as the seedbed for a "life of the mind:" always seeking, ever curious and with a sharp and independent intellect.
  4. Diverse, Global Mindset -- Students will develop the capacity and sensitivity to consider differences in race, class, gender, privilege and power and to consider the experiences and perspectives of those outside the U.S., especially the vulnerable.

Disciplinary Lens:

  1. Humanities -- Students will gain an understanding, through critical study and performance, of the world through the lens of art, music and literature.
  2. History -- Students will examine change over time, chronology and historical argumentation.
  3. Natural Science -- Students will evaluate and apply the scientific method to fields like biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and geology.
  4. Social Science -- Students will evaluate and apply the scientific method to fields like psychology, criminal justice, economics, political science, communication and sociology.
  5. Philosophy -- Students will understand, evaluate and formulate philosophical concepts, problems and arguments.
  6. Religious Studies -- Students will understand, evaluate and present theologically informed views and claims, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition and the commitments of the Sisters of Mercy to peace and justice.

Curriculum Map

General Education Curriculum Map

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the General Education Curriculum Map (PDF).