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Liberal Learning

Essential Learning Outcomes

Christopher Newport University involves students in a rich, multifaceted tradition of intellectual exploration grounded in the common principles of liberal learning. We believe students should prepare for the challenges of our modern world by amassing knowledge in the following areas:

  • Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

    Our students engage the big questions through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages and the arts.

  • Intellectual and Practical Skills

    We challenge students to succeed in a progressively more challenging atmosphere by extensively practicing critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, mathematical and information literacy, teamwork and problem solving.

  • Personal and Social Responsibility

    Anchored by active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges, we emphasize civic knowledge and engagement, both local and global, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning and action, and foundations and skills for lifelong learning.

  • Integrative Learning

    Students demonstrate a synthesis and advanced accomplishment across their studies through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.


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