Liberal Arts Learning Goals

Liberal Arts Learning Goals

At all degree levels, St. Catherine integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic tradition. These seven liberal arts learning goals were developed as a statement of the types of knowledge, skills, and values desired for St. Catherine students in the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs.

Leadership and Collaboration

The ability to lead and influence for ethical and responsible action and for systemic change; the ability to work well with others, especially in joint intellectual effort.

Ethics and Social Justice

The ability to apply ethical standards to judge individual and collective actions; the development of attitudes and behaviors that reflect integrity, honesty, compassion, and justice in one's personal and professional life.

Diversity and Global Perspectives

The ability to understand and analyze the impact of diversity and systems of power and privilege on the individual and society; the ability to decipher and honor multiple understanding; the ability to imagine and take action toward justice.

Critical and Creative Inquiry

The ability to gather, analyze and critically evaluate information to develop reasonable arguments, sound judgments, and effective solutions. This ability is founded on a broad knowledge of the achievements of human creativity and of the variety of disciplinary approaches for exploring truths.

Discipline-Based Competence

The ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge, values and skills in at least one major field of study and to relate disciplinary approaches to those of other fields (applies to all degree programs except the Associate of Arts degree program).

Effective Communication in a Variety of Modes

The ability to read, write, speak, view and listen effectively; the ability to present information in a clear and engaging manner.

Purposeful Life-Long Learning

The ability to continue personal and professional development based on ongoing self-assessment, feedback from others, and new learning.