2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Greenville College Student Learning Outcomes

The College has committed itself to education for character and service. Therefore, through our curriculum and co-curriculum, we intend that all graduates:

Seek truth through critical inquiry and research:

Practice critical self-awareness. Articulate and justify one's own principles and assumptions. Be able to assess arguments about religious, political, cultural, and scientific topics--especially in one's chosen field. Subject individual reasoning, ideas, and expression to critical analysis and revision. Recognize and develop personal strengths. (Knowledge)

Understand our world and comprehend quantitative and conceptual relationships. Seek, identify, synthesize and communicate relationships among concepts, especially in a chosen discipline. Demonstrate a scientific understanding of physical and biological concepts and the human race, and be able to articulate how scientific accounts of natural processes are congruent with theological understandings of the created order. (Knowledge)

Think integratively to solve problems. Evaluate and integrate alternative perspectives and disciplinary frameworks; use social structures to accomplish goals and solve problems to benefit society. (Skill)

Apply skills and systematic reasoning. Analyze and solve problems with quantitative and qualitative reasoning. Demonstrate skills necessary to succeed in a chosen discipline. Demonstrate a consistent, scholarly, and ethical use of evidence, especially in a chosen discipline. (Skill)

Collaborate and communicate:

Communicate and cooperate. Express one's self effectively through a variety of means: oral, written, and other creative modes; work effectively and productively on collaborative teams. (Skill)

Value others. Articulate and live out the Christian concepts of human freedom, rights, justice, grace, dignity, and service. Build friendships across cultural barriers. (Value)

Engage culture and be creative:

Demonstrate cultural awareness.* Describe the essential components of culture, the challenges and opportunities of cultural interaction, and develop cultural humility.  Cultural humility incorporates a lifelong commitment to acquiring cultural competence in multiple cultures and to self-evaluation and self-critique of one’s own culture. (Knowledge)

Demonstrate creativity and appreciation for arts, beauty, and ideas. Demonstrate creativity and innovation in various types of endeavors especially by participating in the arts and other creative pursuits. (Value)

Demonstrate Faith and Learning in Action:

Recognize worldviews. Articulate essential features of a Christian worldview and be able to differentiate it from other influential worldviews; explain how Christian commitments can and should influence personal actions. (Knowledge)

Apply Christian values. Analyze real-world situations using the lens of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: scripture, reason, tradition, experience; demonstrate a desire to serve God and live faithfully. (Skill)

Respond to God. Value God's expression as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer; respond to God's loving character and actions through worship, service, and stewardship of resources. Communicate and participate in God's saving purpose for the redemption of the created order. (Value)

Maintain healthy self-regard and a growth-focused lifestyle. Exhibit personal growth (psychological, social, physical) and accomplishment. Articulate a personal value system, enlightened by liberal education, and directed toward life-long learning and discovering one's calling. (Value)


* In doing so:

  1. Students will acquire an understanding of the importance of cultural diversity in a global community.
  2. Students will demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of the practices and norms of other cultures.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate and interact effectively across cultures.
  4. Students will engage in critical thought, analysis and evaluation of domestic and global events.