Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes


Xavier University is committed to a broad-based liberal education in the Jesuit tradition.  The foundation for this liberal education lies within the Core Curriculum.  Through their experiences in core courses, Xavier University encourages students to explore the world through multiple avenues to truth which reflect the complexity of the human spirit.  This learning process involves experience and discovery, individual and collective problem solving, affectivity, intuition, and active engagement in this world.  This is the beginning of a life-long personal integration leading to practical, wise and sensitive action in a continuously changing, culturally diverse world.
Listed below are the academic goals of the Core Curriculum that will facilitate this life-long integration:

Students completing an undergraduate degree will be able to:

  1. Articulately express themselves orally.
  2. Articulately express themselves in writing.
  3. Think and to solve problems, critically, analytically, and creatively.
  4. Work collaboratively in a group to think and to solve problems, critically, analytically, and creatively across multiple disciplines.
  5. Understand the methodology of the humanities.
  6. Understand the methodology of the social sciences.
  7. Understand the methodology of the natural sciences.
  8. Understand the interrelationships of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
  9. Understand and analyze significant religious, ethical, and moral issues within a rapidly changing global society.
  10. Analyze societal issues critically in terms of human values.
  11. Develop a sense of compassionate solidarity with others.
  12. Develop a willingness to provide service to those in need.
  13. Develop an understanding of the opportunities cultural diversity presents.
  14. Develop an understanding of the issues of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimiination and their relation to the exercise of power in American society.