Mission & Goals

  • Mission Statement

    The College of Arts & Sciences has as its credo that liberal learning prepares students of all ages and backgrounds to live more fulfilling lives, to appreciate and contribute to the communities of which they are members and to reach their ethical, personal, intellectual and financial goals. To help its students maximize their potential, the College emphasizes critical and analytical thinking through a rigorous “success skills” undergraduate core program in written and oral communication, computing, analyzing and integrating. Faculty scholarship supports diversified liberal arts concentrations available in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences, along with graduate programs in several fields, most offering career-related professional program tracks and practical experience on or off campus.

  • Goals

    1. To provide students with liberal learning that emphasizes a curriculum of inquiry, expanding perspectives and specialization.
    2. To offer undergraduate, graduate and professional education that provides students with the means to explore and adapt their career and personal goals and objectives in a changing economic and technological environment.
    3. To assure that undergraduate and graduate students develop an appropriate level of core competencies and their capacities for critical inquiry, creativity, research and analysis.
    4. To create a diverse community of teachers and learners where students and faculty engage in the free expression of ideas, fostering independent thought and mutual respect.
    5. To provide opportunities for students to enhance their aesthetic, intellectual and moral capabilities, and their sense of self-worth, self-confidence and civic responsibility.
    6. To attract and maintain an excellent faculty with a commitment to teaching, research and service to the University and the greater community.
    7. To attract and retain an increasingly competent student body consistent with the mission of the University.
    8. To provide an educational environment which includes appropriate classrooms, technologies, libraries, laboratories, recreation areas and other facilities that enhance the process of student learning.
    9. To promote research and artistic creation by faculty and students, in order to contribute to the expansion of human knowledge and the richness of human existence

Assessment of Learning Goals

Each department in the College of Arts & Sciences maintains measurable educational objectives for students in order to assess their progress and outcomes. Learn more about:

  • College of Arts & Sciences general goals
  • Specific objectives for each academic department
  • General Education Learning Outcomes

    Note: These are working definitions and are subject to change.

    Written Communication

    Students will possess the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to write effectively for a variety of audiences.

    Oral Communication

    Students will construct formal presentations and listen with literal and critical comprehension.

    Scientific Reasoning

    Students will be able to make observations in order to test hypotheses that explain natural phenomena. Predictions from these hypotheses can be tested by future experiments.

    Scientific Phenomena

    Students will be able to recognize and analyze phenomena which are subject to study by experiment.

    Quantitative Reasoning

    Students will use numbers or symbols representing measurement, properties, and the relationships of quantities to reason formally within abstract systems of thought to make decisions, judgments, or predictions.

    Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking

    Students will observe and then analyze relevant information in order to evaluate and construct arguments and draw conclusions.

    Continuing Learning

    Students will demonstrate the attitude and skills to learn for themselves in formal academic and non-academic settings.

    Information Literacy

    Students will recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use information ethically, legally, and effectively.

    Historical Phenomena

    Students will have the ability to make reasoned arguments about historical cause and effect.

    Social Phenomena

    Students will understand the interactions and relationships among people, institutions, and the social environment.


    Students will understand cultural works (e.g. art, music, literature, theatre, and film) in their social and historical contexts, and how they, in turn, affect those contexts.


    Students will be aware of key concepts in ethics and philosophical reasoning, and will use critical thinking to apply these concepts in order to evaluate situations and controversies.

  • Department/Program Learning Objectives

    Click on each department/program to access information about their individual Education Goals and Objectives.