Learning Goals

In keeping with Rockhurst’s Jesuit tradition and mission, College of Arts and Sciences graduates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of key concepts and knowledge in the humanities, which includes philosophy, theology and religious studies, social and behavioral sciences, natural and physical sciences, and mathematics. This can then be applied to the personal, communal, and global issues of our time.
  • Intellectual skills and capacities needed for creative and just engagement in an ever-changing global community.
  • Informed concern for and determination to create a just and better world, synthesizing their core and major studies to connect them to new settings and problems.

Our graduates can be characterized by the following skills and traits:

  • Academically Knowledgeable: Competent in a chosen field of study, integrating various disciplinary perspectives, and applying that academic knowledge.
  • Leadership: Exhibit collaborative leadership skills and teamwork.
  • Communication: Demonstrate effective written and oral communication.
  • International and Cultural Understanding: Aware of global interconnectedness that reflects an appreciation of humanity's diversity and commonality, and an understanding of cultures other than their own.
  • Critical, Creative Thinking: Engage ideas and issues thoughtfully, critically, creatively, and compassionately.
  • Ethical and Social-justice Minded: Exhibit ethical grounding in both word and action, and act as agents of positive social change.
  • Self-Formation: Self-aware in terms of personal values, beliefs, gifts, challenges, and connectedness to others, along with the responsibilities these qualities bring.