Learning Outcomes 1 (LO1)

Knowledge Acquisition and Integration of Learning

Catholic education in the liberal arts tradition values knowledge for its own sake and affirms the interconnectedness of all learning. Therefore:

  • A Saint Mary’s student exhibits sound knowledge of the formation of human identities, the development and functioning of diverse cultures and social groupings, the practice of creative artistry, the multi-faceted nature of religion and the Catholic tradition, the complexity of fundamental philosophical questions, and the intricate workings of the natural world.
  • A Saint Mary’s student demonstrates the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives, recognizing the effect that differences in areas such as gender, religion, values, culture and privilege can have on the ways that people interpret and act in the world; and she makes connections across disparate settings and areas of study.

NOTE: The incoming Class of 2016 will follow requirements for Learning Outcome 1 only. Over the next few years, additional layers (that is, requirements corresponding to Learning Outcomes 2 & 3 below which are embedded in courses which achieve LO1 outcomes) will be added to Sophia as it moves towards full implementation. All students are welcome to take advantage of these additional opportunities as they unfold, but they are not yet requirements for any class.