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University Learning Outcomes

Decorative Photo, Spring 2017 Commencement, Graduation


Foundational Studies Program courses are organized around eleven University Learning Outcomes (ULOs). Every Boise State graduate is expected to meet these outcomes, regardless of major or baccalaureate degree.

Visit our rubrics page to download detailed rubrics that list the standards and criteria for meeting each of the following learning goals:

  1. Written Communication – Write effectively in multiple contexts, for a variety of audiences.
  2. Oral Communication – Communicate effectively in speech, both as a speaker and listener.
  3. Critical Inquiry  – Engage in effective critical inquiry by defining problems, gathering and evaluating evidence, and determining the adequacy of argumentative discourse.
  4. Innovation and Teamwork – Think creatively about complex problems to produce, evaluate, and implement innovative possible solutions, often as one member of a team.
  5. Ethics – Analyze ethical issues in personal, professional, and civic life and produce reasoned evaluations of competing value systems and ethical claims.
  6. Diversity and Internationalization – Apply knowledge of cultural differences to matters of local, regional, national, and international importance, including political, economic, and environmental issues.
  7. Mathematics – Apply knowledge and the methods of reasoning characteristic of mathematics, statistics, and other formal systems to solve complex problems.
  8. Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences – Apply knowledge and the methods characteristic of scientific inquiry to think critically about and solve theoretical and practical problems about physical structures and processes.
  9. Visual and Performing Arts  – Apply knowledge and methods characteristic of visual and performing arts to explain and appreciate the significance of aesthetic products and creative activities.
  10. Literature and Humanities – Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of literature and other humanities disciplines to interpret and produce texts expressive of the human condition.
  11. Social Sciences – Apply knowledge and the methods of inquiry characteristic of the social sciences to explain and evaluate human behavior and institutions.