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Graduate Qualities

Graduates of the College should demonstrate the following personal and intellectual capacities

Independent Thinking

  • Engage in critical and creative thinking
  • Devise, formulate, research, and bring to fruition a complex and creative project
  • Embody the intellectual curiosity, passion, and self-confidence necessary for life-long learning

Integrative and Collaborative Inquiry

  • Synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines
  • Actively integrate theory and practice
  • Engage in effective intellectual collaboration

Dynamic Understanding of the Liberal Arts

  • Understand disciplinary knowledge in arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical and natural sciences
  • Evaluate evidence using methodologies from multiple disciplines
  • Demonstrate quantitative, textual, visual, and digital literacy
  • Employ deep knowledge, insight, and judgment to solve real world problems

Effective Communication

  • Exhibit skill in oral, written, and digital communication
  • Engage in effective discourse through active listening, questioning, and reasoning

Global Engagement and Respect for Diversity

  • Understand the histories, causes, and implications of global processes
  • Engage with the global community through knowledge of a second language
  • Understand and respect diverse cultural and religious traditions
  • Display self-reflective awareness of their role as citizens in a diverse local, national, and global community

Civic and Social Responsibility

  • Appreciate and critique values and beliefs including their own
  • Demonstrate ethical citizenship and leadership and embody a concern for social justice
  • Exhibit a commitment to community and serving others