Principles of Undergraduate Learning

The goal of Saint Leo University's general education core curriculum is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding of our Benedictine values and Catholic traditions while focusing on the liberal arts and sciences and introducing undergraduate students to an understanding of the knowledge needed to succeed in college and in life-long learning. We seek to graduate students" who exhibit skills in learning, writing, reading, critical thinking, technology applications, numerical applications and adjustment to college life;" who exhibit skills in dealing with fundamental human questions regarding the nature of human reality, the ways in which human beings come to know the world and issues of human morality;" who understand the importance of the general education program, who find the curriculum relevant and who are prepared to become life-long learners, and," whose employers will indicate a positive satisfaction level with these graduates and their preparation level for suitable employment and/or graduate studies.

Core Communication and Quantitative Skills

Definition: Graduates should possess the ability to write, read, speak and listen, perform quantitative analysis, and use information resources and technology -- the foundation skills necessary for all Saint Leo University students to succeed.

Outcomes: We desire students to: (a) read in a scholarly and critical fashion; (b) distinguish between expressive and argumentative forms of writing; (c) analyze, integrate and synthesize information and ideas; (d) learn how to use original and source materials through traditional library research and the use of computers and the World Wide Web; (e) develop familiarity with the format of academic papers; (f) develop, support, critique, revise and refine arguments; (g) write clearly and engagingly; (h) distinguish between and operate within different disciplinary contexts and traditions; (i) communicate orally in one-on-one and group settings; (j) solve problems that are quantitative in nature.

The Scientific Perspective

Definition: Graduates should be able to critically analyze and evaluate the scientific issues that will confront them and to understand the world around them.

Outcomes: We desire students to: (a) know the historical and/or philosophical development of a given scientific topic. Students need to develop the analytical skills necessary to examine the scientific, political and/or societal factors that ultimately came to bear on the development and application of this particular topic; (b) understand contemporary issues relating to the development and application of a particular area of science and technology. Exposure should address current and future issues by critically assessing the aesthetic, ethical, sociological and political, in addition to scientific factors that bear on the issue.
The Aesthetic Perspective

Definition: Graduates should be able to experience, perform, and interpret specific social texts, historical events and cultural practices.Outcomes: We desire students to: (a) experience and understand specific arts, performances or practices in terms of their stylistic modes and histories; (b) engage with conceptual tools developed in various disciplines as well as across disciplines to study styles, meanings and effects of expressive behavior; and, (c) study critical and theoretical perspectives for unraveling the complexities between practice and composition of expressive arts and texts.

The Religion and Values Perspective

Definition: Graduates need to develop and apply skills in ethical reasoning and to gain an understanding of the variety of ways in which ethical issues and values frame and shape human conduct and ways of life within the context of the University's Benedictine and Catholic traditions.

Outcomes: We desire students to: (a) develop the capacity for discernment and choice about diverse systems of values and competing courses of action; (b) acquire critical understanding of diverse meanings of justice, goodness and virtue across time, place and communities; (c) develop the capacity to articulate ethical questions, to assess competing claims and approaches to ethical thought and to engage in careful and critical reflection about individual and social behavior, institutions and ways of life; and, (d) develop an understanding and appreciation for the Catholic and Benedictine value structure that is at the heart of our mission.