Embedded Skill: Critical Thinking

Requirement – A student will be required to have two CT courses.

Requirement Purpose

Critical thinking is the lifelong intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information that is used to guide beliefs and actions. By becoming a critical thinker, one is able to make sound arguments based on adequate evidence and so is able to rationally examine and assess one’s own arguments and those of others. A critical thinker applies these skills throughout his or her life in personal, professional, academic, and civic endeavors.

Critical thinkers in the liberal arts tradition are engaged citizens. An engaged citizen takes intellectual responsibility to be an informed and active participant in the life of the community.

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

  • guide students through the processes of forming and evaluating arguments
  • include instruction and practice in analysis for drawing conclusions, problem solving, and decision making
  • include training and practice in interpretation
  • include training and practice in logical inference
  • provide feedback that is designed to help students evaluate and improve critical thinking skills
  • offer opportunities to engage in reflection

Embedded Skill Learning Objectives

Through completion of a CT course, students should be able to

  • interpret and analyze information in order to recognize bias and identify unchecked assumptions
  • utilize different types of logic in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of evidence supporting or refuting claims
  • listen to and carefully consider the arguments of others and investigate alternate conclusions
  • articulate one’s arguments with clarity, precision, and civility
  • reflect on how one’s experiences inform, shape, and/or impact the development of one’s thinking

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