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Core Curriculum Requirements

Course Catalog: Core Curriculum Requirements

The Core Curriculum of Rocky Mountain College is aligned with the College mission to “educate future leaders through liberal arts and professional programs that cultivate critical thinking, creative expression, ethical decision-making, informed citizenship, and professional excellence.” The core curriculum is essential to achieving the educational mission and core themes of the College. It is characterized by thoughtful curricular organization and intentional design of courses which provide opportunities for student reflection on their educational progress and experience in pursuit of the following outcomes:  

Students who graduate from Rocky Mountain College will be able to:

Think critically:
  • Analyze and reflect on the assumptions of oneself and of others by demonstrating understanding of the complexity of the modes of thought, expressions, and behaviors of other individuals and social groups. *;
  • Identify, articulate, and solve problems using multiple approaches drawn from multiple disciplines;
  • Use evidence-based practices to arrive at compelling conclusions;
  • Integrate modes of inquiry and analysis from multiple disciplines.
Communicate effectively:
  • In writing that demonstrates successful execution of appropriate conventions particular to a specific discipline and/or writing task (s) including organization, content, originality and/or creativity, presentation, formatting, grammar, and style. *
  • Orally through audience-appropriate organization, use of evidence, language choices, and delivery style. *
  • In non-verbal, graphic, or visual forms that convey complex information, including but not limited to information related to data sets or the symbolic representation of ideas.
Acknowledge and value difference:
  • In culture by demonstrating an understanding of the values, expressions, and meaningful differences among social groups; * 
  • In discipline by recognizing and appreciating respective disciplinary values, knowledges, and methodologies;
  • In expertise by assessing the reliability of information sources and by the use of appropriate sources to arrive at reasonable conclusions to complex problems;
  • In relationships from the local to the global by respectful and informed consideration of what constitutes meaningfulness for oneself and others.

(*indicates the language is informed by the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics)

Area-Specific Student Learning Outcomes

Communication Studies
After completing the core curriculum requirement in communication studies, students will be able to:

  • Develop an organized, cogent speech;
  • Develop a persuasive speech that ethically utilizes evidence and persuasive appeals;
  • Effectively deliver speeches;
  • ​​​​​​​Use critical listening skills to evaluate the evidence and arguments of others.

Fine Arts
Upon completion of the core curriculum requirement in fine arts, students will be able to:

  • Acquire competencies in applying the fundamental concepts, methods, skills, and techniques specific to a fine art.
  • Engage in the artistic process
  • Apply knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks
  • Acknowledge and value difference through curiosity and openness

After completing the core curriculum requirement in humanities, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and reflect on oneself and others
  • Acknowledge and value difference through curiosity and openness
  • Use appropriate support to warrant conclusions or meaningful interpretations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks
  • Develop bodies of knowledge from disciplines spanning the humanities
  • Analyze and comprehend a variety of important works in their contexts

After completing the core curriculum requirements in mathematics, students will be able to:

  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms
  • Convert relevant information into various mathematical forms
  • Make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions based on quantitative analysis of data

Natural Sciences
After completing the core curriculum requirement in natural sciences, students will be able to:

  • Define Problem/Ask Question;
  • Synthesize Existing Knowledge, Research, and/or Views;
  • Propose Solutions/State Hypotheses;
  • Identify and Evaluate Potential Solutions;
  • Implement Solution* ; and
  • Evaluate Outcomes

* Specific to lab classes only

Social Sciences
After completing the core curriculum requirement in social sciences, students will be able to:

  • Name and describe ethical and/or normative perspectives and concepts in the social science discipline;
  • Recognize ethical and/or normative issues in a variety of settings;
  • Synthesize existing knowledge, research, and/or views within the discipline;
  • Analyze evidence to gain a better understanding of complex topics or issues;
  • Extrapolate findings from evidence that result in informed judgments;
  • Discuss limitations and implications of findings.

After completing the core curriculum requirement in writing, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in writing a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose;
  • Critically analyze and interpret ideas, assumptions, arguments, and textual materials;
  • Compose essays according to the appropriate disciplinary expectations of thesis, organization, content, presentation, format, and grammar;
  • Identify, incorporate, and properly cite appropriate primary and secondary sources in research-based assignments;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences and values.