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UCORE: University Common Requirements Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Inquiry in the Humanities

Course designation within the area of Inquiry: Ways of Knowing

The humanities grapple with the human condition in its complexity through time and across space and cultures. The humanities include knowledge of history, philosophical traditions, major religions, diverse cultural legacies, and contested questions. As fields of study, the humanities emphasize analysis, interpretation, and reflection. They engage centrally with questions of meaning and purpose, which serve as bridges of relevance between past, present, and future.

Students choose one HUM course (3 credits) to satisfy part of the UCORE Inquiry: Ways of Knowing graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students, regardless of major, who successfully complete a [HUM] course should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of evidence in the humanities, including what kinds of evidence are appropriate or possible in the context of a research question (information literacy).
  • Identify claims based on interpretation of evidence in the humanities (critical thinking).
  • Evaluate, at an appropriate level, claims or information in the humanities based on the sources and the methods used to generate it (information literacy).
  • Communicate about the humanities in written forms appropriate to the discipline (written communication).
  • Understand fundamental knowledge and concepts in the humanities as appropriate to the discipline (breadth of learning).

Revised outcomes approved Spring 2022.

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For Faculty

Learning Outcomes Grid

Whether submitting a new course for approval for the first time or submitting an updated course as part of UCORE’s renewal process, faculty should submit a completed HUM Learning Outcomes Grid along with the course syllabus and supporting assignment prompts/activity descriptions. This grid should clearly demonstrate the relationship among UCORE designator learning outcomes, course learning outcomes, and activities and assignments that support those outcomes.

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