Integrative Learning Objectives of Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University’s Integrative Learning Objectives are designed to provide a common understanding of how learning at PLU is targeted. These objectives offer a unifying framework for understanding how our community defines the general skills or abilities that should be exhibited by an individual who is granted a PLU bachelor’s degree. Therefore, they are integrative in nature.
Pacific Lutheran University Global Statements
- The PLU graduate is expected to have a broad knowledge of the basic liberal arts and sciences.
- The PLU graduate should have an understanding of the interconnections among these basic liberal arts and sciences that provide the broad framework for living with the complexities of life.
- The PLU graduate is expected to develop an in-depth knowledge of a specified area of knowledge designated as a major within the university.
- The PLU graduate should have an understanding of the interconnections among the basic liberal arts and sciences and the in-depth knowledge of her/his specified major area.
The Integrative Learning Objectives
In addition to the knowledge base described above, and an awareness of how different disciplinary methodologies are used, every student at Pacific Lutheran University is expected to develop the following abilities:
- Critical Reflection
- Select sources of information using appropriate research methods, including those employing technology, and make use of that information carefully and critically.
- Consider issues from multiple perspectives.
- Evaluate assumptions and consequences of different perspectives in assessing possible solutions to problems.
- Understand and explain divergent viewpoints on complex issues, critically assess the support available for each, and defend one’s own judgments.
- Communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms.
- Adapt message to various audiences using appropriate media, convention, or styles.
- Create symbols or meanings in a variety of expressive media, both verbal and nonverbal.
- Interaction with Others
- Work creatively to identify and clarify the issues of concern.
- Acknowledge and respond to conflicting ideas, principles, and traditions, identifying common interests where possible.
- Develop and promote effective strategies and interpersonal relationships for implementing cooperative actions.
- Articulate and critically assess one’s own values, with an awareness of the communities and traditions that have helped to shape them.
- Recognize how others have arrived at values different from one’s own, and consider their view charitably and with an appreciation for the context in which they emerged.
- Develop a habit of caring for oneself, for others, and for the environment.
- Approach moral, spiritual, and intellectual development as a life-long process of making informed choices in one’s commitments.
- Approach one’s commitments with a high level of personal responsibility and professional accountability.
- Multiple Frameworks
- Recognize and understand how cultures profoundly shape different assumptions and behaviors.
- Identify issues and problems facing people in every culture (including one’s own), seeking constructive strategies for addressing them.
- Cultivate respect for diverse cultures, practices, and traditions.
(Note: even though these objectives are listed here as discrete elements, they are highly interconnected.)