Competencies: Preparing for Calling

(0-12 hours)

  • Health and Wellness Competency (0 hours): Because the liberal arts tradition aims at developing a sound mind in a sound body, students are encouraged to develop habits of lifelong physical wellness by accumulating four required Wellness Points.
    • Goals and outcomes: Points 1 and 2 – Fitness for Life and Fitness Lab Component
      • Students will gain an understanding of the following components of fitness and lifetime wellness: cardiovascular fitness, body composition and weight management, nutrition and fitness, cancer prevention, and stress management.
      • Students will acquire an enhanced understanding of their choices for seeking medical care and other services in the health professions.
      • Students will learn about disease prevention.
      • Students will learn means of improving their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.
    • Goals and outcomes: Points 3 and 4 – Indoor Activity and Outdoor Activity 
      • Students will gain familiarity with fitness activities promoting habits of lifelong wellness.
  • Writing Competency (0-4 hours): Writing is both a fundamental skill for college coursework and a discipline in its own right, as mastery over language is a vehicle for creating meaning and exploring truth.  Students must therefore demonstrate basic competency in writing by satisfying the writing competency requirement by the end of their first year.
    • Goals and outcomes:
      • Students will be able to choose and narrow a topic.
      • Students will be able to formulate a clear thesis.
      • Students will be able to support a thesis by the use of appropriate rhetorical strategies.
      • Students will understand and use the writing process as a tool for thinking, creating texts for specific audiences, and engaging issues of faith.
  • Quantitative Literacy Competency (hours included under "Creation" below): Quantitative literacy is essential for coursework in both the natural and social sciences and is a key skill of a liberally educated person.  It also trains the mind in logical thinking and fosters appreciation for the structure of the natural world.  Students must therefore demonstrate basic competency in quantitative literacy by satisfying the quantitative literacy competency by the end of their second year, and preferably by the end of their first year.
    • Goal:
      • Satisfying the Quantitative Literacy Competency ensures that students possess basic mathematical abilities necessary to succeed in the college's introductory level science courses. (See “Creation”, below)
  • Foreign Language Competency (0-8 hours): Study of a second language enables students to communicate across cultural boundaries.  It trains the mind in verbal expression and logical, systematic thinking.  It opens up new worlds of literature and ideas.  And exposure to a second language is increasingly important for students hoping to serve in an ever more integrated world.  Students must therefore demonstrate competency in a language other than their native tongue equivalent to the first year of college language instruction, and are further encouraged to continue their language study beyond a single year, or to sample multiple foreign languages.
  • Goals:
    • Communication: To facilitate communication in, and understanding of, a language (classical or modern) other than the student's native tongue.
    • Cultures: To advance knowledge and develop awareness, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures.
    • Connections: To enable the acquisition of information in another language and establish connections with other disciplines.
    • Comparisons: To enhance and broaden the development of insight into the nature of language and culture.
    • Communities: To encourage and promote participation in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
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