Undergraduate Outcomes-Based Core Curriculum

Foundational Learning Outcomes (A developing level of knowledge that assures a general education)

    • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Sciences: The ability to recognize one’s own cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate other cultural traditions and languages.  Includes content in anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, organization theory, sociology, economics, history, counseling, political science.

    • Human Cultures: Humanities: The ability to recognize one’s own cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate other cultural traditions and languages.  Includes content in classics, history, languages, the law, literature, the performing arts, philosophy (including ethics), religion, and visual arts.

    • Information Literacy: Information literacy is the ability to recognize the extent and nature of information need, then to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. It involves designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy to answer questions or achieve a desired goal.

    • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Quantitative literacy is knowledge of and confidence with basic mathematical/analytical concepts and operations required for problem solving, decision-making, economic productivity and real-world applications.

    • Oral Communication: Conveying meaningful information verbally; communication typically relies on words, visual aids, and non-verbal elements to support the conveyance of meaning; oral communication is designed to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or to promote change in the listener's attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

    • Science: Think and function as a scientist by using critical thinking and analytical
      inquiry; apply basic scientific, quantitative, and technological methods and knowledge of nature to the solution of scientific problems; use the scientific method and theories to analyze questions in the physical and natural world; provide scientific explanations of the nature of the universe, the earth, and/or life forms and be able to distinguish these explanations from non-scientific explanations.

    • Science, Technology and Society:  Understand and reflect upon the complex issues raised by technological and scientific changes and its effects on society and the global world by making sense of, evaluating, and responding to present and future changes that shape individuals’ work, public, and personal lives. Courses meeting this content area may focus on issues such as global warming; biotechnology; GMO foods;and computing and information science as it relates to security, privacy, and the proliferation of global information. Consideration should be given to scientific and technological changes from fields such as agriculture, computer science, engineering, education, health sciences, etc.

    • Written Communication: Clear expression of ideas in writing; includes grammar, organization, and structure. Varying levels and types of writing skills are required for different jobs. The ability to convey ideas concisely and coherently is important.

Embedded Learning Outcomes (A deeper level of knowledge that is embedded within a discipline or major)

    • Communication:  Students graduating from Purdue should be able to communicate, orally and in writing, in ways appropriate to their fields of study and future careers. Effective communication is founded on information literacy, which involves the ability to use appropriate information to learn and explore ideas, demonstrate understanding of a subject, and convey one’s conclusions. At the embedded outcome level, effective communication assumes basic fluency with such things as grammar, organization and structure. It also focuses on being able to convey ideas concisely in ways appropriate for the context, audience and purpose. At this level, students should recognize that communication occurs within and across communities, such as academic, public or professional, where ideas are formulated, debated, and weighed against one another.

    • Interpersonal Skills and Intercultural Knowledge:  Students graduating from Purdue University should be able to work effectively with others in various ways including in cross-cultural situations and in a global civil society. Interpersonal skills include the ability to work effectively with others both in professional practice and in relating to those outside of the discipline, in leadership roles, and as members of a team.  Intercultural knowledge is founded on the ability to appreciate and critique multiple perspectives including one’s own and to engage in civil discourse on complex global issues. It requires respect for and responsiveness to the beliefs and practices and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations. Students can acquire and practice these skills in ways appropriate to their fields of study and future careers.

    • Ways of Thinking:  Success in life requires the ability to think critically, practically, and creatively within an ethical framework.  Critical thinking is the process of gathering information, analyzing it in various ways including quantitative and qualitative methods, and evaluating it for the purpose of solving a problem or making a decision.  Practical thinking is the ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions and to shape the environment so as to produce the desired results.  Creative thinking is the ability to generate novel ideas that can lead to change.  It is essential that the ethical implications of actions that result from these thought processes are carefully considered.

Purdue Undergraduate Outcomes-based Core Curriculum

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