Graduate Qualities

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

Independent Thinking, through the ability to:

  • 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
  • Appreciate and critique ideas, values, and beliefs including their own

Integrative and Collaborative Inquiry, through the ability to:

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

Dynamic Understanding of the Liberal Arts, through the ability to:

  • 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, through the ability to:

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

Global Engagement, through the ability to:

  • Understand the histories, causes, and implications of environmental and global processes
  • Engage with the global community through knowledge of a second language and culture
  • Display self-reflective awareness of their roles in diverse local and global communities

Justice and Civic/Social Responsibility, through the ability to:

  • Understand and respect the diversity and complexity of human identities, including but not limited to race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, culture, and religion
  • Actively promote equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrate ethical judgment and work towards a just society
  • Exhibit a commitment to community, civic engagement, and serving others