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Learning Objectives

The Learning Objectives

1. Creativity

In all endeavors the ability to imagine and create novel approaches or perspectives, to be innovative and to invent. This includes the flexibility to use many different approaches in solving a problem, to change direction and modify approach, the originality to produce unique and unusual responses, and the ability to expand and embellish one's ideas and projects. This also includes taking intellectual and creative risks and practicing divergent thinking.

2. Critical Thinking

The ability to not only interpret and evaluate information from multiple sources but also to induce, deduce, judge, define, order, and prioritize in the interest of individual and collective action. This includes the ability to recognize one’s self-knowledge and its limits, challenge preconceptions, and work with imperfect information.

3. Community Engagement

A deep understanding of oneself and respect for the complex identities of others, their histories, their cultures, and the ability to lead and collaborate with diverse individuals, organizations, and communities. This includes the ability to work effectively within diverse cultural and political settings.

4. Communication

The ability to listen actively and express oneself effectively in spoken, written, and nonverbal domains.

5. Integrative Thinking

The ability to confront complex situations and respond to them as systemic wholes with interconnected and interdependent parts.

6. Interdisciplinarity

The ability to think, research, and communicate within and across disciplines while recognizing the strengths and limitations of each disciplinary approach.

(taken from the Catalogue 2010-2011 of the College of the Atlantic)