Learning Objectives

Rutgers–Newark works to prepare students for success in a global society that is ever more diverse and technologically connected. Because this society both demands and rewards creativity and clarity of thought and expression, all courses approved as fulfilling the requirements of the Core Curriculum meet the following learning objectives.  With the completion of the full Core Curriculum requirements, students will be well-versed in the dominant modes of communicating, thinking, and producing knowledge and will be able to deploy these skills in addressing the major challenges of 21st century global culture.

  • Effective Written and Oral Communication: Graduates should be able develop arguments in clear and coherent written texts, based on research, and they should also be able to express themselves clearly and intelligently in public speaking.
  • Effective Reading: Graduates should be able to read a variety of texts and cultural artifacts for meaning and informed analysis.
  • An Understanding of Quantitative Thinking: Graduates should be competent in the use of basic components of mathematical reasoning.
  • Multiple Modes of Inquiry: Students should be conversant with the different approaches to understanding the world that make up the broad disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that are defined and embodied in the general education requirements.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking: Students should be educated to think both critically, with the analytical skill of evaluating arguments and information, and creatively, with the ability to create ideas, processes, experiences, objects or texts.
  • An Ability to Produce Knowledge: Through reading, study and research, graduates should be able to evaluate, understand and contribute to knowledge.
  • An Understanding of Intercultural Relations: Graduates should possess some proficiency in a language other than English and have an understanding of past and present interrelationships among diverse social, cultural, and ethnic groups.
  • Diversity: Our campus is defined by its diversity, and as pedagogy, content, and mode of analysis, diversity should be structured into all of our offerings where possible.
  • An Ability to Address Major Questions of Our Time: Students should graduate with the ability to employ research, moral reasoning and informed analysis to address defining social, political, cultural and scientific questions of their time in contemporary and historical perspectives.

These learning objectives structure the entire undergraduate curriculum.