Honors 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 honors program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.
- Students will develop the habits of active learners -- taking responsibility for their education by preparing well for and participating in class discussions, recognizing their role within the larger learning community, and collaborating with their peers in the construction of community knowledge.
- Students will learn the benefits of intellectual flexibility -- demonstrating curiosity, engaging multiple perspectives, tolerating ambiguity, and taking intellectual risks.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to summarize, synthesize, analyze and evaluate a broad range of material, including a significant number of primary texts.* Secondary sources that highlight a range of approaches or perspectives on a given topic may be introduced in courses from the second semester of instruction onward, helping students to become more disciplined and critical in their reading, thinking and writing.
- Students will develop independence with respect to their learning -- formulating questions that take them beyond the boundaries of the classroom experience, discovering new information that builds on course material, and applying content to new situations.
- Students will develop integrative habits of mind, beginning with first-year coursework organized around a common theme and continuing through the curriculum with more explicit interdisciplinary encounters.
- Students will demonstrate oral communication skills through class discussions in seminar-like learning environments; there will be a gradual expansion of audience as students move through the curriculum, culminating in the undergraduate research conference where students present their senior project research.
* Primary texts will encourage students to develop their own interpretations or conclusions and may be drawn from a wide range of sources: published, recorded or filmed texts; original or archival documents; interviews; surveys; found works of art or music; laboratory experiments; and, of course, experiential encounters.
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