General Education at Pierce College prepares graduates to live and work in a dynamically changing world by emphasizing the development of a broad foundation spanning the five core abilities and the five fundamental areas of knowledge.

Core Abilities Outcomes

Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and generate ideas; construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions; and process feelings, beliefs, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to their thinking, decisions, and creations.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to craft and exchange ideas and information in a variety of situations, in response to audience, context, purpose, and motivation.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be critical users, creators, and disseminators of information by examining how information is created, valued, and influenced by power and privilege.

Intercultural Engagement

Graduates demonstrate self-efficacy in intercultural engagement to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflections and expressions of cultural humility, empathy, and social and civic engagement and action. Further, graduates examine how identities/positionalities such as races, social classes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and cultures impact perceptions, actions, and the distribution of power and privilege in communities, systems, and institutions.

Global Citizenship

Graduates will be able to critically examine the relationship between self, community, and/or environments, and to evaluate and articulate potential impacts of choices, actions, and contributions for the creation of sustainable and equitable systems.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes


Graduates will be able to create, analyze, evaluate, and apply rhetorical strategies to communicate effectively.  


Graduates acquire critical skills to interpret, analyze, and evaluate forms of human expression, which can include creation and performance as an expression of human experience.

Social Sciences

Graduates analyze and interpret social phenomena using social science theories and methods.

Natural Sciences

Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning

Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes are specific to each program of study and can be found on the program's website.