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In keeping with our institutional mission and vision, the Olympic College faculty promotes the development of five core abilities: Communication, Thinking, Information Literacy and Technology, Lifelong Learning, and Global Perspective. These core abilities address the broad-based general education requirements that will prepare a student to pursue her/his chosen profession or field of study and to develop themselves as individuals and as citizens. These essential core abilities are taught across programs and disciplines so that each Olympic College student can expect to work towards improving and applying these core abilities regardless of their program or area of concentration. Specific outcomes and competencies within Olympic College courses support the development of these five core abilities.


Fulfillment of Core Abilities Graduation Requirement

A different course must be selected for each of the core abilities requirements. The same course may be used to meet both distribution and core abilities requirements. Notes:

  1. Communication Outcome 2 (written communication skills) is fulfilled by the Written Skills Requirement in the AA or AS degree.
  2. Thinking Outcome 3 (symbolic/quantitative skills) is fulfilled by the Symbolic/Quantitative Skills Requirement in the AA or AS.
  3. Courses that address either or both Communication Outcome 1 and 3 fulfill the requirement for that Core Ability.
  4. Courses that address either or both Thinking Outcome 1 and 2 fulfill the requirement for that Core Ability.
  5. Courses that address a majority of the outcomes of Global Perspective, Information Literacy and Technology, and Lifelong Learning fulfill the requirement for that Core Ability.

Communication (Oral or Non-Verbal Skills)

  1. Graduates understand and produce effective oral communication.
  2. Graduates understand and produce effective written communication.
  3. Graduates understand and use effective non-verbal communication skills.

Academy for College Excellence 110, 112
American Sign Language &121, &122, &123
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art &100, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 110, 111, 125, 195/295F, 195/295G, 195/295J, 195/295P, 195/295R, 195/295S, 206, 210, 225, 226, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 266, 267, 268
Biology 130, 131, 132, &160, &175, 200
Business 215
Chemistry &110, &121, &131, 137, &139, &142, &143, &151, &152, &153, &241, &243, &251, &252, &253
Communication Studies &101, 105, &210, &220, &230, 242, 250, 253, 263, 273
Computer Information Systems 141
Computer Science &141, 210
Criminal Justice 100, &110
Dramatic Arts &101, 120, 210, 212, 220, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 247, 248, 251, 252, 253, 256, 260, 265, 270, 280
Economics &201, &202
Education &115, &202, &203
Engineering &104, &114, &204, &214, &215, &224, &225, 240
English &101, &102, &111, &220, &226, &227, &228, &244, &245, 250, 262, 264, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 283
French &121, &122, &123
Geography &200
Geology &100, &101, &103, &110, 155, &208
German &121, &122, &123
History &116, &117, &118, &214, &215, &219, 230, 257
Human Services 107
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Humanities 145, 175, 235, 257
Japanese &121, &122, &123
Korean &121, &122, &123
Mathematics &107, 112, &131, &141, &142, &151, &152, &163, 210, 221, 222, 231, 232, &264
Meteorology 101
Music 101, &105, 150
Physical Education-Education 104, 107
Political Science &101, 115, 145, 175, &201, &202, &203, 235, 323
Psychology &100, 102, 221, 230, 240
Sociology 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 230
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221


Thinking (Critical Analysis or Creative Problem Solving)

  1. Graduates engage in critical analysis.
  2. Graduates engage in creative problem solving.
  3. Graduates engage in quantitative reasoning.

Academy for College Excellence 110, 112
Accounting &201, &202, &203
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art &100, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 110, 111, 125, 195/295F, 195/295G, 195/295J, 195/295P, 195/295R, 195/295S, 206, 210, 225, 226, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 266, 267, 268
Astronomy 101, 102, 105
Biology 101, 114, 115, 120, 130, 131, 132, &160, &175, 200, 201, 202, &260
Business 215
Chemistry &110, &121, &131, 137, &139, &142, &143, &153, &241, &242, &243, &251, &252, &253
Communication Studies &101, &102, 105, 125, &210, &220, 225, &230, 242, 250, 253, 263, 273, 293
Computer Information Systems 141
Computer Science &141, 143, 210
Criminal Justice 100, &101, &105, &106, &110
Dramatic Arts &101, 120, 210, 212, 220, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 247, 248, 251, 252, 253, 256, 260, 265, 270, 280
Economics &201, &202
Education &121, &122, &202
Engineering &104, &114, 170, &204, &214, &215, &224, &225, 240
English &101, &102, &111, &220, &226, &227, &244, &245, 250, 262, 264, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 283
French &121, &122, &123
Geography &200
Geology &100, &101, &103, &110, 155, &208
German &121, &122, &123
History 110, &116, &117, &118, &136, &137, &214, &215, &219, 230, 253, 257
Human Services 107
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Humanities 145, 175, 220, 235, 253, 257
Japanese &122, &123
Mathematics &131, &132, &141, &142, 147, &148, &151, &152, &163, 210, 221, 222, 231, 232, 250, &264
Meteorology 101
Music 101
Philosophy &101, 115, 240
Physical Education-Education 104, 107
Physics 114, 254, 256
Political Science &101, 115, 145, 175, &201, &202, &203, 235, 323
Psychology &100, &220, 221, 230, 240
Sociology &101, 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 215, 230, 271
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221


Global Perspective

  1. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of their own cultures and the framework upon which their society has been built.
  2. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of how cultural differences (e.g. beliefs, traditions, communication, norms) shape human interactions and perceptions of others.
  3. Graduates demonstrate that they are aware of, and understand, world events (e.g. religious, historical, environmental, political, economic) and the role of human decisions and physical conditions shaping these events and their outcomes.
  4. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of their own region/bioregion and recognize that other parts of the world are different in both physical and human attributes.
  5. Graduates demonstrate an understanding of universal processes involving both distribution and circulation of resources and their byproducts; e.g. wealth, food, water, oil, gases, energy, and pollutants.

Academy for College Excellence 110, 112
American Sign Language &121, &122, &123
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art &100, 102, 103, 104, 107, 110, 111, 195/295G, 195/295J, 195/295R, 206, 210, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 268
Biology 101, 120, 130, 131, 132
Communication Studies &101, &102, &210, &220, &230, 250, 253, 263, 273
Education &115
English 250, 262, 264, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275
French &122, &123
Geography &200
German &121, &122, &123
History 110, &136, &137
Human Services 107
Humanities 145, 175, 220, 235, 253, 257
Meteorology 101
Music 109
Sociology &101, 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 230, 271
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221


Information Literacy and Technology

  1. Graduates use strategies to search for information that enhance the acquisition of knowledge.
  2. Graduates evaluate and appraise sources.
  3. Graduates access and use information and/or technology ethically, legally and/or responsibly.
  4. Graduates use various inquiry tools and different formats of information e.g. media.
  5. Graduates use technology and information appropriate to field or discipline, synthesizing information to formulate insights and create knowledge.

Academy for College Excellence 112
Accounting &201, &202, &203
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art &100, 102, 103, 104, 110, 111, 195/295F, 195/295G, 195/295J, 195/295P, 195/295R, 195/295S, 206, 210, 225, 226, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 267, 268
Biology 130, 131, 132, &160, 200, &260
Business 215
Chemistry &241, &242, &243, &251, &252, &253
Communication Studies &101, &102, 105, 125, &210, &220, 225, 250, 253, 263, 273
Criminal Justice 100, &101, &105, &106, &110
Dramatic Arts &101, 242, 247
Education &115, &121, &122, &202, &203
Engineering &104
English &102, &111, &220, &226, &227, &244, &245, 250, 262, 283
French &121, &122, &123
Geography &200
Geology &100, &101, &103, 155, &208
German &122, &123
History &214, &215, &219, 230, 253, 257
Human Services 107
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Humanities 175, 235, 253, 257
Japanese &122, &123
Library Research 180
Political Science 115, &202
Psychology &200, 221, 240
Sociology &101, 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 215, 230, 271
Spanish &121, &122, &123


Lifelong Learning

  1. Graduates demonstrate self-monitoring and self-advocacy skills to effect positive life changes.
  2. Graduates demonstrate the ability to recognize, understand, and accept ownership for their own learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.
  3. Graduates demonstrate the ability to adapt to technological innovations and to understand their implications.

Academy for College Excellence 110
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, 212
Art &100, 102, 104, 110, 111, 195/295G, 195/295J, 195/295R, 210, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 268
Biology 115
Communication Studies &101, &102, &210, &220, 242, 250, 253, 263, 273
Dramatic Arts 212
French &121, &122, &123
German &121, &122, &123
Human Services 107
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Meteorology 101
Music 109
Physical Education-Education 104, 107
Sociology &101
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221


Assessment of Student Learning

To determine whether the curriculum at Olympic College helps students achieve these core abilities, faculty members identify which courses address the core abilities and a team of faculty use explicit criteria to score student work solicited from professors in courses where these learning outcomes are taught or utilized.

Scores based on explicit criteria for a core ability, as well as other course and program level assessments, help to create a continuous process that improves learning and ensures the quality of education at Olympic College.


Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog