General Education Requirements

Student Core Competencies Goals and Objectives

The liberal arts core is designed to give students a broad understanding of the world in a progressive environment that integrates the best of learning theory and technology. Concordia has designed its general education curriculum to provide students with the following:

  1. Christian Engagement & Values Competency: Students make a difference in the civic life of their communities (society) developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference through a Christian (Lutheran) perspective.
  2. Critical & Creative Thinking Competency: Students are skilled observers who can comprehensively explore their world (issues, ideas, artifacts and events), formulate meaningful questions, consider alternative perspectives and propose creative solutions.
  3. Communication Competency: Students understand the complexities of dynamic human exchange (written and oral) and effectively express their responses through a variety of communication media.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning Competency: Students understand and create sophisticated mathematical arguments using a variety of methods to solve real-world problems in a variety of formats.
  5. Integrative Learning Competency: Students synthesize curricular and cocurricular experiences with a disposition to transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus resulting in responsible leisure, vocational satisfaction and purposeful service.
  6. Intercultural Knowledge Competency: Students possess a set of cognitive, affective and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  7. Lifelong Learning & Life Skills Competency: Students engage in purposeful learning on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving personal knowledge, skills and competence beyond a required curriculum or degree program to live more productive and meaningful lives.

Assessment of these competencies is made at various points in a student’s program of study at Concordia and is designed to provide information to the student to optimize his/her academic progress. To the extent possible, assessment activities are embedded in the day-to-day activities of the curriculum.