Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning

UCORE-designated courses advance Depth, Breadth, & Integration of Learning as appropriate to the designator, with a minimum of six credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Integrative Learning and a minimum of 16 credit hours in UCORE-designated courses that include instruction and/or engagement with Breadth of Learning (see the UCORE Curriculum Map (PDF) and UCORE Curriculum webpages for more information). At the first-year level, the first-year experience course [ROOT] is required to advance Integrative Learning. At the senior-level, the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] is required to advance Integrative Learning. Students also complete ways of knowing requirements, which advance Breadth of Learning, during the UCORE curriculum.

WSU Undergraduate Learning Goal: Graduates will develop depth, breadth, and integration of learning for the benefit of themselves, their communities, their employers, and for society at large. Graduates may demonstrate depth, breadth, and integration of learning:

  • Through broad study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, history, languages, and the arts.
  • By demonstrating a depth of knowledge within the chosen academic field of study based on integration of its history, core methods, techniques, vocabulary, and unsolved problems.
  • By applying the concepts of the general and specialized studies to personal, academic, service learning, professional, and/or community activities.
  • By understanding how the methods and concepts of the chosen discipline (major) relate to those of other disciplines and by engaging in cross-disciplinary activities.
  • By synthesizing multiple bodies of knowledge to address real-world problems and issues.
  • By reflecting upon changes in learning and outlook over time and by making personal, professional, and civic plans based on that self-reflection.

Current Evidence of Student Learning Related to Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning

Click on the headings for current evidence of student learning from assessments aligned with Depth, Breadth, and Integration of Learning in the context of the UCORE curriculum:

  • Student Learning at the Senior Level: AY 2020-21 [CAPS] Course Assessment Results As reported in the AY 2020-21 [CAPS] Course Assessment Reporting Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that 82% of students met or exceeded expectations at the graduating undergraduate level for Information Literacy. Additionally, 83% of students met or exceeded expectations for Integrative Learning. In courses where faculty members found enough elements to evaluate student learning on additional learning goals, instructors indicated that 82% of the students met or exceeded expectations for Scientific Literacy, and 81% for Quantitative Reasoning.