Core Curriculum Goals and Objectives

The Core Curriculum at St. Thomas consists of courses across nine curricular areas.  There are 13 over-arching objectives.  In the effort to assess the core, the Core Curriculum Committee, developed four Summative Goals and a time-line to assess those goals. 

Summative Goals

1. Students will develop competence in modes of critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, and expression necessary for liberal learning. 

a. the ability to think analytically, critically, and creatively, and to solve problems by applying knowledge in appropriate circumstances

b. the ability to write and speak clearly, to read demanding works with comprehension, to listen and observe carefully, and to respond appreciatively to the precise and imaginative use of language

c. knowledge of the natural world and of the modes of inquiry cultivated by the natural sciences

d. the ability to reason quantitatively and to evaluate basic mathematical and statistical arguments

2. Students will develop the ability to integrate knowledge that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

a. an understanding of the nature and function of faith and the Catholic tradition in the modern world

b. the ability to use knowledge from various fields and to integrate ideas across disciplinary boundaries

3. Students will develop an understanding of moral responsibility, responsibility to the common good, and wise action.

a. the ability to articulate and support moral and ethical judgments about what constitutes good actions and a good society

b. the ability to participate responsibly in a democratic society, to respect the value of informed dialogue and to give thoughtful consideration to differing ideas

c. an understanding of the responsibility of educated persons to contribute to the communities and the environment in which they live on local, national, and global levels

d. the ability to understand how the power of technology can be used in service of the common good and as a tool within academic disciplines

4.  Students will develop the ability to understand, appreciate, and respect cross-cultural and intra-cultural differences while acknowledging the fundamental unity of humankind. 

a. an understanding of the fine arts as modes of expression that deepen human experience and open new perspectives on human cultures

b. knowledge of their own and others’ cultures and traditions, including non-Western and non-majority cultures, and respect for the diversity of peoples and cultures within the fundamental unity of humankind