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Learning Goals


Through all its undergraduate educational programs—curricular and co-curricular, classroom and experiential—Ouachita promotes the following goals for student learning:

  • Intellectual and applied skills that promote competency and lifelong learning, including articulate communication; critical and creative thinking; analytical and quantitative reasoning; scientific reasoning; and information literacy.
  • Engagement with content and methods of the major domains of knowledge.
  • Heightened awareness of personal and social responsibility, including the ability and inclination to practice civic engagement, ethical reasoning, personal integrity, stewardship, physical well-being, and spiritual growth.
  • Appreciation for cultural diversity and development of intercultural competence for constructive engagement in both local and global contexts.
  • Depth of knowledge and skills in a chosen discipline or combination of disciplines sufficient to provide the foundation for advanced study, professional competence, and meaningful work.
  • Ability to connect learning across disciplines and apply knowledge and skills to solve problems.



By offering advanced study in selected fields, Ouachita aims to promote scholarly achievement, enhance professional expertise, encourage faithful stewardship, and graduate highly capable professionals ready to assume places of leadership and service. Students completing the university’s graduate programs are expected to accomplish the following:

  • Demonstrate graduate-level mastery of the knowledge and skills central to scholarly inquiry and professional practice within a field of study.
  • Develop a reasoned approach to the role of faith in scholarly and professional pursuits and responsibly relate Christian perspectives to disciplinary practice.
  • Interpret and apply ethical insights and decision-making in the context of one’s intended profession.
  • Communicate a personal vision of vocation, including how one can contribute meaningfully to one’s profession and broader community.

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