General Education is the foundation for all academic work at Concordia University. Composed of core and distribution courses in the liberal arts, General Education provides the essential knowledge an educated person should possess and the intellectual habits and skills necessary to use it well in every area of life. Through this broad intellectual experience, students pursue the general education learning outcomes that Concordia faculty have identified as crucial for achieving excellence in academics and being prepared to serve society and the church as “wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens.”
The Core Curriculum component of General Education fosters common, sequential, and interdisciplinary learning. It provides a shared intellectual foundation that will be drawn on and developed in students’ distribution courses, majors, minors, and (pre-)professional programs. Taken in the first four semesters at Concordia, Core courses in theology and biology, philosophy and math, and history and literature are paired to facilitate holistic learning. Giving attention to the close reading of great works from around the globe, each Core course also emphasizes wrestling with life’s enduring questions and ideas, developing one’s ability to think critically and write cogently, and the interaction of faith and academics.
Undergraduate Learning Outcomes
- Written Communication: Students compose focused and coherent written content; organize and logically develop their ideas; find, analyze and integrate appropriate sources; and demonstrate facility in discipline- or genre-specific conventions of writing.
- Oral Communication: Students make verbal presentations in which they articulate a central message, organize main ideas, integrate appropriate supporting information, employ language appropriate for the topic and audience, and utilize delivery techniques that enhance the presentation.
- Systematic Inquiry (Critical Thinking & Information Literacy): Students explain a problem, articulate a (hypo)thesis, investigate using appropriate sources, analyze the information, and craft logical conclusions and creative solutions to the problem.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Students demonstrate understanding of quantitative facts and concepts, perform calculations successfully, and apply problem solving strategies to analyze quantitative data and to draw appropriate conclusions.
- Christian Literacy and Faith: Students describe the contents and contexts of the Bible, Christianity’s major teachings, how the Christian faith connects to academic disciplines, and have many opportunities to receive instruction in the Christian faith.
- Service to Society and Church: Students serve society in ethical and merciful ways, examining benefits gained and challenges encountered, and Christian students have many opportunities to serve the church.
- Informed and Responsive Citizenship: Students explain how political and economic systems have influenced citizenship in the United States and the world; interact effectively and ethically with people of various cultural/global contexts; engage with and analyze the arts; articulate how the culture of scientific knowledge relates to other disciplines; and describe healthy lifestyles.
- Close Reading: Students describe and analyze texts from a variety of academic disciplines.