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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.

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, 206, 210, 225, 226, 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 266, 267, 268
Biology 130, 131, 132, &160, &175, 200
Business 215
Business Management 105, 147, 149, 170, 181, 183, 185, 282
Business Technology 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 115, 116, 123, 130, 133, 134, 150, 160, 175, 229, 231, 239, 250, 255, 275, 280
Chemistry &110, &121, &131, 137, &139, &142, &143, &151, &152, &153, &241, &243, &251, &252, &253
Communication Studies &101, &102, 105, &210, &220, &230, 242, 250, 253, 263, 273
Computer Information Systems 114, 115, 116, 125, 141, 143, 145, 154, 170, 182, 190, 210, 219, 245, 272
Computer Science &141, 210
Cosmetology 173, 201, 203, 251, 254
Criminal Justice 100, &110
Culinary Arts 101, 103, 104, 105, 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 200, 210, 220
Digital Media Arts 120, 130, 136, 137, 220, 230Dramatic Arts &101, 120, 210, 211, 212, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 247, 248, 251, 252, 253, 256, 260, 265, 270, 280, 281, 285, 286, 287
Early Childhood Education 173, 176, 177, 178, 215, 225
Economics 200, &201, &202
Education 110, &115, &202
Electronics 113, 160, 166, 170, 203, 211, 212, 213, 238
Engineering 100, 111, &104, &114, &204, &215, 216, &224, &225, 240, 271
English 100, &101, &102, &111, &113, &220, &226, &227, &228, &244, &245, 250, 262, 264, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 283
Fashion 101, 102, 103
French &121, &122, &123
General Studies 102, 163, 211
Geography &200, 260
Geology &100, &101, &103, &110, 155, &208
German &121, &122, &123
Health Education 108, 125
History &116, &117, &118, &214, &215, &219, 230, 257
Homeland Security Emergency Management 102, 110, 120, 130, 157, 160, 180, 200, 210, 220, 230, 240, 250
Hospitality Management 102, 124, 133
Human Services 105, 107, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 275, 276
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Humanities 145, 175, 235, 257, 320
Information Systems 302, 305, 337, 350, 390, 415, 438, 450, 470, 490
Japanese &121, &122, &123
Korean &121, &122, &123
Manufacturing 115, 140, 165, 290
Mathematics 100, 103, &107, 112, &131, &141, &142, &146, &151, &152, &163, 210, 221, 222, 231, 232, &264
Medical Assisting 111, 112, 136, 140, 152, 153
Meteorology 101
Music 101, &105, 147B, 147D, 147E, 147F, 147G, 147H, 147J, 147K, 147M, 147P, 147Q, 150, 185
Nursing 140, 142, 154, 176, 177, 180, 181, 182, 206
Organizational Leadership/Resource Management 103, 105, 150, 160, 201, 220, 225, 234, 320
Pharmacy Technician 101, 123, 124, 130, 132, 133
Philosophy &101, &115, &120, 240
Physical Education-Education 105
Physical Education-Fitness and Sports 140, 187, 189, 289
Physical Therapist Assistant 101, 102, 104, 105, 108, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 151, 152, 251, 252
Political Science &101, 115, 145, 175, &201, &202, &203, 235, 323
Practical Nursing 102, 103, 200, 202, 210
Psychology &100, 102, 221, 230, 240
Sociology 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 230, 301, 319
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221
Technical Design 107, 200, 217, 222, 231, 290
Welding 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 108


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.

Accounting &201, &202, &203
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art &100, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 110, 111, 125, 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 &101, &201, 215
Business Management 102, 105, 140, 146, 147, 148, 149, 170, 180, 181, 183, 185, 203, 247
Business Technology 115, 123, 127, 130, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 142, 150, 155, 160, 175, 229, 231, 239, 250, 254, 260, 275, 280
Chemistry &110, &121, &131, 137, &139, &142, &143, &153, &241, &242, &243, &251, &252, &253
Communication Studies &101, &102, 105, 115, 125, &210, &220, 225, &230, 242, 250, 253, 263, 273, 293
Computer Information Systems 110, 111, 114, 115, 116, 123, 125, 141, 142, 143, 145, 154, 170, 182, 190, 200, 205, 210, 219, 225, 229, 242, 261, 270, 271, 272, 273, 285
Computer Science &141, 143, 210
Cosmetology 102, 103, 104, 105, 120, 123, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 161, 162, 171, 181, 182, 183, 251, 254
Criminal Justice 100, &101, &105, &106, &110
Culinary Arts 101, 103, 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 200, 210, 220
Digital Media Arts 120, 130, 136, 137, 220, 230
Dramatic Arts &101, 120, 210, 211, 212, 240, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 247, 248, 251, 252, 253, 256, 260, 265, 270, 280, 281, 285, 286, 287
Early Childhood Education 174, 177, 178, 225
Economics 200, &201, &202
Education 110, 120, &121, &122, &202, &203
Electronics 101, 102, 103, 106, 111, 112, 113, 160, 165, 166, 170, 201, 202, 203, 211, 212, 213, 225, 227, 228, 235, 237, 238
Engineering &104, 111, &114, &204, &214, &215, 216, &224, &225, 240, 270, 271
English &101, &102, &111, &113, &220, &226, &227, &244, &245, 250, 262, 264, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 283, 328
Fashion 101, 102, 103
French &121, &122, &123
General Studies 140, 163, 211
Geography &200, 260
Geology &100, &101, &103, &110, 155, &208
German &121, &122, &123
Health Education 108, 125
History 110, &116, &117, &118, &136, &137, &214, &215, &219, 230, 253, 257
Homeland Security Emergency Management 102, 110, 120, 130, 157, 160, 180, 200, 210, 220, 230, 240, 250
Hospitality Management 124, 133
Human Services 105, 107, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 275, 276
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Humanities 145, 175, 220, 235, 253, 257, 320
Information Systems 300, 302, 305, 330, 337, 346, 350, 390, 415, 438, 450, 470
Japanese &122, &123
Manufacturing 115, 130, 140, 150, 160, 165, 172, 290
Mathematics 100, 103, &131, &132, &141, &142, &148, &151, &152, &163, 210, 221, 222, 231, 232, 250, &264
Medical Assisting 110, 111, 114, 116, 117, 120, 121, 136, 163, 164, 205
Meteorology 101
Music 101, 147B, 147D, 147E, 147F, 147G, 147H, 147J, 147K, 147M, 147P, 147Q, 185
Nursing 110, 118, 140, 142, 146, 151, 154, 176, 177, 180, 181, 182, 206
Organizational Leadership/Resource Management 103, 105, 150, 160, 197, 199, 201, 202, 205, 216, 218, 220, 225, 234, 235, 240, 250, 260, 272, 280, 320
Parent Education 102
Pharmacy Technician 101, 115, 119, 122, 123, 124, 130, 131, 132, 133
Philosophy &101, &115, &120, 240
Physical Education-Education 105
Physical Therapist Assistant 104, 106, 107, 110, 111, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 151, 152, 251, 252
Physics 114, 254, 256
Political Science &101, 115, 145, 175, &201, &202, &203, 235, 323
Practical Nursing 102, 103, 114, 116, 126, 200, 202, 206, 210
Psychology &100, &220, 221, 230, 240
Sociology &101, 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 215, 230, 271, 301, 319
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221
Technical Design 107, 200, 217, 222, 231, 290
Welding 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108


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.

American Sign Language &121, &122, &123
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art 107, 206, 268
Biology 101, 120, 130, 131, 132
Business &101, &201
Business Management 102
Communication Studies &101, &210, &220, &230, 250, 253, 263, 273
Dramatic Arts &101
Early Childhood Education 174
Education &115
Engineering &104, 111, &224, 216
English 250, 262, 264, 270, 271, 273, 274, 275, 328
Fashion 101, 102, 103
Geography &200, 260
Health Education 121
History 110, &136, &137
Homeland Security Emergency Management 102, 110, 120, 130, 157, 160, 180, 220, 230, 240
Human Services 107
Humanities 145, 175, 220, 235, 253, 257, 320
Information Systems 350, 415
Meteorology 101
Organizational Leadership/Resource Management 105, 205, 280
Pharmacy Technician 101, 124
Physical Therapist Assistant 104
Political Science 235
Sociology &101, 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 230, 271, 301, 319


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.

Accounting &201, &202, &203
Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, &210, 212, 325, 335
Art 206, 225, 226, 267, 268
Biology 130, 131, 132, &160, 200, &260
Business &101, &201, 215
Business Management 105, 180, 185, 203
Business Technology 106, 115, 116, 123, 150, 155, 160, 175, 250, 254, 255, 260, 275, 280
Chemistry &241, &242, &243, &251, &252, &253
Communication Studies &101, &102, 105, 115, 125, &210, &220, 225, 250, 253, 263, 273
Computer Information Systems 110, 111, 115, 170, 182, 190, 270, 271, 272, 273
Criminal Justice 100, &101, &105, &106, &110
Culinary Arts 128, 132, 200, 210, 220
Digital Media Arts 120, 130, 136, 137, 220, 230
Dramatic Arts &101, 247, 253, 281, 285, 286, 287
Early Childhood Education &100, 178, 215, 225
Education 110, &115, &121, &122, &202
Electronics 103, 201, 202, 203, 211, 212, 213, 227, 228, 237, 238
Engineering &104, 111, 216, 240
English &102, &111, &113, &220, &226, &227, &244, &245, 250, 262, 283, 328
Fashion 101, 102, 103
General Studies 140, 211
Geography &200, 260
Geology &100, &101, &103, 155, &208
History &214, &215, &219, 230, 253, 257
Homeland Security Emergency Management 102, 110, 120, 130, 157, 160, 180, 220, 230, 240, 250
Human Services 105, 107, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 120, 121, 122, 123, 275, 276
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Humanities 175, 235, 253, 257, 320
Information Systems 390, 415
Japanese &122, &123
Library Research 110, 180
Manufacturing 172, 290
Medical Assisting 163
Meteorology 101
Music 147B, 147D, 147E, 147F, 147G, 147H, 147J, 147K, 147M, 147P, 147Q, 185
Nursing 118, 146, 154, 176, 177
Organizational Leadership/Resource Management 103, 105, 150, 201, 205, 216, 218, 220, 225, 234, 235, 240, 250, 260, 272, 280
Parent Education 100, 101, 102
Pharmacy Technician 123, 124, 130, 132, 133
Physical Therapist Assistant 101, 105, 106, 108
Political Science 115, &202, 235
Practical Nursing 103, 210
Psychology &200, 221, 240
Sociology &101, 109, 125, 135, 190, &201, 215, 230, 271, 319
Technical Design 290
Welding 106, 108


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.

Anthropology &100, &204, &205, &206, &207, 212
Art 268
Biology 115
Business Management 149
Communication Studies &101, &210, &220, 242, 250, 253, 263, 273
Computer Information Systems 170
Cosmetology 160, 240
Culinary Arts 128
Dramatic Arts 251, 253, 281, 285, 286, 287
Early Childhood Education 174, 215
Education 110, 120
Engineering 100, &104, 111, &114, &204, &214, &215, 216, &224, &225, 240, 270, 271
Fashion 101, 102, 103
French &121, &122, &123
General Studies 101, 121, 131
German &121, &122, &123
Homeland Security Emergency Management 102, 110, 120, 130, 157, 160, 180, 210, 220, 230, 240
Human Services 105, 107, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 120, 275, 276
Human Services Substance Abuse Counselor &101
Information Systems 302, 390, 438, 450, 490
Manufacturing 290
Medical Assisting 210, 213
Meteorology 101
Music 147B, 147D, 147E, 147F, 147G, 147H, 147J, 147K, 147M, 147P, 147Q
Nursing 177
Organizational Leadership/Resource Management 103, 105, 150, 160, 197, 199, 201, 225, 235, 240, 260, 272, 280
Parent Education 100, 101
Pharmacy Technician 101, 124, 131, 132, 133
Physical Therapist Assistant 101, 151, 252
Practical Nursing 210
Sociology &101, 319
Spanish &121, &122, &123, &221Technical Design 290
Welding 106


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: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog