General Education Program

General Education 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 general education program, while the curriculum map portrays the courses in which you can expect to gain these competencies.

Learning Outcomes

Essential Skills

  1. Critical Thinking: Students will analyze complex materials, developing well-informed views and opinions.
  2. Writing: Students will develop well-written arguments and ideas in ways that are clear, organized, and forceful.
  3. Oral Communication: Students will demonstrate communication skills through the delivery of strong, organized, informative, and persuasive presentations.
  4. Mathematics: Students will examine quantitative problems and use quantitative data to solve complex problems.
  5. Information Literacy: Students will find, evaluate, and use information critically, ethically, and effectively.

Personal Characteristics

  1. Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: Students will identify the five Critical Concerns and articulate the relevance of one or more Concerns to the students' future goals.
  2. Ethical Integrity: Students will be able to evaluate prior attitudes, assumptions and beliefs of a moral nature.
  3. Diversity: Students will examine and analyze differences in areas such as race, class, and gender within the United States.
  4. Cultural Knowledge: Students will take a course that addresses one of the following:
    1. Global Cultures: Students will describe and analyze the history, culture, or social organizations of one or more countries, regions, or cultural groups outside the United States.
    2. Global Systems: Students will describe and analyze the global system(s) examined in the course (origins, configurations, complexity).

Breadth of Knowledge

To ensure students are exposed to the breadth of human knowledge consistent with Saint Xavier's mission and the principles of liberal education, students will demonstrate the following learning objectives through different disciplinary lenses:

  1. Humanities: Students will analyze or perform works in the areas of Art, Music, and Literature.
  2. History: Students will examine chronology, change over time, and historical argumentation.
  3. Natural Science: Students will evaluate and apply scientific methods to fields like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and Geology.
  4. Social Science: Students will apply social science concepts, theories or research methods, quantitative or qualitative, to social science issues.
  5. Philosophy: Students will evaluate philosophical concepts, problems, and arguments.
  6. Religious Studies: Students will use the concepts, theories, and methods of analysis used in Religious Studies to evaluate religious phenomena and to analyze the ethical implications of religious claims for self, others, and world.

Curriculum Map

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the General Education Curriculum Map (PDF).