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 is expected to possess, and the habits of mind needed to master this knowledge and use it well in every arena 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 in one’s vocations in society and the Church.
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
Students explain a problem, articulate a hypothesis,
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
- Christian Literacy and Faith:
Students describe the contents and
contexts of the Bible, Christianity's major teachings, how the Christian
faith connects to their academic discipline(s) and vocations in life, 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.
- Specialized Knowledge: Students apply knowledge in a specific field
that draws on current research, scholarship and/or techniques in the field.