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.
Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.
Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
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.
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 (FAK) Outcomes
Graduates identify, analyze and evaluate rhetorical strategies in their own and other’s writing in order 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.
Graduates analyze and interpret social phenomenon using social science theories and methods.
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 are specific to each program of study and can be found on the program's website.