All students take courses that cover the central subject areas of a liberal arts education. These courses, called the core curriculum, develop the student’s basic understanding of what it means to be a good citizen.
The core curriculum addresses the 8 student learning outcomes that have been developed. These learning outcomes identify core values that LCC expects its graduates to leave with.
- critical thinking
- conflict transformation
- multicultural perspective
- effective communication
- Christian world view
- leadership that serves
- multidisciplinary knowledge
- community building and civic engagement
Student Learning Outcomes
Christian World View
Students will understand the set of commitments and presuppositions based on the historic Christian faith, which allows someone to think and make sense of human experience. They will explore the integration of Christian faith with all of life. Through exposure to a reflective and caring Christ-centered community, which is respectful of all faith traditions, they will cultivate moral virtues, develop their character and be able to articulate their personal fundamental beliefs about the world. Students will be able to articulate the basic tenets of the historic Christian faith.
Students will be able to describe and analyze how Christian beliefs relate to their chosen academic field of study, to other academic disciplines, and various areas of life.
Students will be able to articulate their fundamental beliefs about the world.
Leadership that Serves
Students will be prepared to serve with integrity and humility in leadership roles. They will learn the value of vision, creativity, and collaboration and will develop the problem-solving skills necessary to function as leaders in a variety of professional, social, and church settings. This approach to leadership involves nurturing relationships built on trust and empowering others to influence positive social change.
Students will be able to understand, and have opportunity to engage in, the best practices of leadership within church, social, and professional settings.
Students will be able to articulate their function as leaders in their chosen field of study.
Students will be able to apply skills in problem solving, relationship building, collaboration, and empowering others within the context of practicum or other leadership opportunities.
Students will develop a vision for peacemaking and justice. They will learn about the nature of injustice and conflict. They will develop skills to work in transformative ways in various situations of conflict including personal, professional, and community (both local and global).
Students will be able to articulate the concepts of peace, justice, civic agency, and conflict transformation.
Students will be able to apply critical thinking in analyzing interpersonal conflicts and prevalent modes of resolution.
Students will be able to apply models of conflict transformation and peacemaking/building to transform relationships and societies into more just ones.
Students will be able to articulate the importance of respect, empathy and listening when attempting to resolve conflict.
Students will develop cross-cultural awareness and the skills to work effectively in a multicultural environment, including respect for their own cultural heritage and a discerning appreciation of cultural diversity. They will understand global nature of study and career interests as well as the global dimensions of faith, social, and political issues.
Students will be able to recognize the deep structures of culture as well as the varieties of values, norms, and customs reflected in human societies.
Students will be able to demonstrate vital communication and awareness skills necessary to acknowledge, respect and respond positively to different intercultural relations.
Students will be able to recognize the importance of living and working respectfully within a multicultural community.
Students will be equipped to communicate effectively. They will develop visual, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills for the successful interchange of ideas and information. Students will have the skills to utilize a variety of emerging media and technologies. They will be fluent in English as an international language.
Students will be able to research, synthesize, and present (in written and oral form) information, culminating in a final project.
Students will be able to analyze, evaluate, and critique texts in a variety of media.
Students will be able to examine and select appropriate forms of communication depending on the audience and context.
Community Building and Civic Engagement
Students will learn to contribute to positive community building in society. They will demonstrate commitment to the development of personal integrity and commitment to the well-being of others as a means to promote a culture of trust and responsibility. Students will be equipped to participate actively and creatively in the civil life of society and to positively contribute in the local, national and global contexts.
Students will be able to identify areas in which their skills can contribute so that creative initiatives bring positive social change.
Students will be able to understand the processes and structures of civil society.
Students will be able to identify the value of, and seek to actively participate in, the civil life of society.
Students will be able to identify the concepts of philanthropy and volunteerism and their importance to the building of civil society.
Students will be able to integrate and apply knowledge and skills from various academic disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, and information technology.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the foundational concepts of a comprehensive liberal arts education and be able to articulate the value of this approach.
Students will be able to apply perspectives from various disciplines to their major course of study.
Students will be able to apply perspective from their major course of study to a broader range of disciplines.
Students will be able to analyze current issues by synthesizing and applying ideas and concepts from a variety of disciplines.
Students will be able to demonstrate analytical skills by thinking clearly, consistently and coherently about a wide range of problems and issues. They will be able to use the principles of logical reasoning, analysis and research methods (quantitative and qualitative) to build arguments and solve problems.
Students will be able to research, develop, and pose academically relevant questions.
Students will be able to analyze and evaluate various types of information (sources, data, arguments of others, etc.).
Students will be able to construct an evidence based, logical and ethical argument of their own and present it to a variety of audiences.
Students will be able to enter into dialog on the common good and meaningfully contribute.
In the first years, the central ideas of Western civilization are discussed, focusing on the contributions that Christian thought has made throughout history. Basic skills in the areas of writing, mathematics, computers and business are also emphasized, providing students with a foundation for success in any area of their life.
In advanced years, core courses encourage the student to integrate concepts learned in their major field. Studies of ethics and metaphysics teach students to develop their critical thinking abilities, and help them to apply their studies to every area of their life.