Learning Goals in Arts and Sciences

  • University of Mary Washington graduates should be able to write and speak effectively in a variety of contexts;
  • University of Mary Washington undergraduates, regardless of major, should acquire specific knowledge of and appreciation for the problems, methods, and contributions of the fine and performing arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics;
  • The University of Mary Washington academic experience should be characterized by intellectual rigor, integrity, disciplinary depth, and attention to the individual student;
  • The University of Mary Washington academic experience should include diverse learning experiences provided by the entire undergraduate course of study: General Education, the Major, and Electives;
  • The University of Mary Washington academic experience should offer students an informed  understanding of and engagement with global issues, thereby enabling them to graduate fully prepared to contribute in positive and substantive ways to the complicated and changing world beyond the university.
  • The University of Mary Washington academic experience should provide students with classroom-based and other educational opportunities to critically examine issues of identity (such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and nation), including explorations of how they relate to value systems, structured inequality, and cultural and institutional power. In addition to preparing Mary Washington students to contribute thoughtfully to the world beyond the university, a focus on issues of power and inequality is a critical component of the University of Mary Washington’s commitment to campus diversity.
  • The University of Mary Washington academic experience should ensure that students are in command of the technologies that define not only 21st-century communication but the emerging tools of different disciplines.