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- Civic Education: Graduating students who can be competent citizens capable of understanding domestic and foreign issues, evaluating policy proposals, and making educated choices in elections and other forms of participation in political life.
- Critical Thinking: Graduating students who are capable of reading challenging material critically by identifying arguments, understanding research methodologies, evaluating evidence, and assessing whether stated conclusions are based on evidence or ideology.
- Writing Clearly and Cogently: Graduating students whose writing demonstrates sound grammar and syntax, whose writing reflects their ability to organize and make an argument and support it with evidence; who understand the different expectations for formal and informal writing, who can synthesize material clearly and briefly and write persuasively and elegantly when called upon to do so.
- Oral Communication: Graduating students who are capable of speaking in complete sentences when engaging in face to face communication with others; who function well when communicating orally with a small or large group of peers, colleagues, or officials; and who appreciate cultural differences in speech and body language.
- Numerical Literacy: Graduating students who can read and correctly interpret numerical data whether it is presented in narrative, tabular or graphic form, whether it is delivered in raw numbers, percentages or index numbers.
- Global Awareness and Cultural Sensitivity: Graduating students for whom the world is not a strange place; who are prepared to engage in transnational and cross cultural contacts; and who appreciate and can critically assess global interdependence, whether economic, political, or cultural.