Learning Goals

Michigan State University has outlined a set of learning goals in the following five categories:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cultural Understanding
  • Effective Citizenship
  • Effective Communication
  • Integrated Reasoning

An integrated arts and science foundation enhances the potential that MSU graduates will be outstanding leaders and life-long learners. These undergraduate learning goals are intended to provide a framework for students' active engagement in learning both in and out of the classroom. Students who complete an undergraduate degree program at Michigan State University will demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and skills associated with the interconnected goals and outcomes highlighted on this page.

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Analytical Thinking

The MSU graduate uses ways of knowing from mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts to access information and critically analyzes complex material in order to evaluate evidence, construct reasoned arguments, and communicate inferences and conclusions.

Dimensions of Analytical Thinking

Cultural Understanding

The MSU graduate comprehends global and cultural diversity within historical, artistic, and societal contexts.

Dimensions of Cultural Understanding

Effective Citizenship

The MSU graduate participates as a member of local, national, and global communities and has the capacity to lead in an increasingly interdependent world.

Dimensions of Effective Citizenship

Effective Communication

The MSU graduate uses a variety of media to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

Dimensions of Effective Communication