The current Core Curriculum is organized around thirteen learning goals that are clustered into three areas: “Habits of Mind,” “Pathways to Knowledge,” and “Engaging the World.”
The first of these areas, Habits of Mind, is considered fundamental to a liberal education. These learning goals require students to think deliberately and express themselves in a coherent and persuasive manner; they foster the development of students as persons who seek to know the truth and as persons engaged in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge. The learning goals in this area include critical thinking, shared inquiry, written and oral communication, and information evaluation and research practices.
The learning goals under Pathways to Knowledge assume that knowledge takes many forms and arises from a variety of methods. While each of goals has its particular methodology and subject matter, taken together they provide the student with a cross-disciplinary approach to learning. Learning goals in this area include artistic understanding, social, historical, and cultural understanding, mathematical and scientific understanding, and theological understanding.
The Engaging the World area represented the most significant change to the Core. It added four learning goals—American diversity, community engagement, the common good, and global perspectives—that position students to explore justice, civic responsibility, and social, economic, and cultural differences while examining and reflecting on what it means to be a citizen in local and global communities.
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