Student Learning Outcomes & Core Competency Statements

Communication

  • Demonstrate the ability to specify audience and purpose and to make appropriate communication choices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate form and content in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving and technical proficiency in the development and documentation of exposition and argument.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: demonstrate the ability to specify audience and purpose and to make appropriate communication choices.

Humanities

  • Identify methodologies of historical, literary, philosophical, and/or aesthetic research and recognize their applicability to everyday life.
  • Develop analytical arguments in written and/or oral forms.
  • Evaluate events, ideas, and artistic expressions in terms of multiple cultural contexts and value systems.
  • Demonstrate ways in which the humanities are fundamental to the health and survival of any society.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: think critically, demonstrate an understanding of the possibility of multiple interpretations, cultural contexts, and values.

Mathematics

  • Apply arithmetic, algebra, geometry and statistics to solve problems.
  • Represent and evaluate basic mathematical information numerically, graphically, and symbolically.
  • Use mathematical and logical reasoning to evaluate the validity of an argument.
  • Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inference from them.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative and logical skills to solve problems.

Multicultural

  • Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of cultural differences within one or more distinctive sub-cultures of the United States, or
  • Demonstrate awareness and knowledge of cultural differences within one or more global societies (Outside the U.S.)

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: demonstrate awareness and knowledge of distinctive cultures or sub-cultures – including but not limited to – ethnicity, gender, class, political systems, religions, languages, or human geography.

Natural Sciences

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method and to contrast it with other ways of understanding the world.
  • Demonstrate  knowledge of the tools and methods used by scientists to study the natural world.
  • Explain some of the major theories in the Natural Sciences.
  • Describe how Natural Sciences research informs societal issues, including ethics.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: explain some of the major concepts in the Natural Sciences and to demonstrate an understanding of scientific approaches to problem solving, including ethics.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • Identify and critique alternative explanations for claims about social issues and human behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins and evolution of U.S. and Texas political systems.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to:demonstrate the ability to assess critically claims about social issues, human behavior, and diversity in human experiences.

Technology & Applied Science

  • Demonstrate understanding of how the rapid pace of change in technology and applied science may have good and bad outcomes.
  • Describe examples of ethical implications associated with use of technology and applied science.
  • List and evaluate reasons why human-designed systems, products, and environments need to be monitored, maintained, and improved to ensure safety, quality, cost efficiency, and sustainability.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: demonstrate understanding of how Technology and Applied Science affects society and the environment; and demonstrate understanding of the relationship of ethics and technology

Visual & Performing Arts

  • Identify and describe a body of works (individually and collectively) in the creative arts.
  • Explain  and differentiate creative works as expressions of values within cultural and historical contexts.
  • Analyze and summarize aesthetic principles that structure creative works.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to: construct, present, and defend critical and aesthetic judgments of works in the creative arts.