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Cornerstone Program Learning Outcomes: Catholic Intellectual Traditions
Courses fulfilling the CIT Requirement, though different in topics and approaches, generally will aim for depth of engagement into a few theologically rich areas of the tradition rather than breadth of coverage of all the areas of theology. They will all explore such questions as:
- What is the meaning of human nature?
- What is the best human life to live?
- What is the nature of the universe?
- What is the place of human beings in the universe?
- What are possible responses to meaninglessness, pain, loss, and evil?
- How ought humans to live as a community and for what purpose?
- How have humans imagined holiness, goodness, and beauty and for what purpose?
- How can humans live authentically in a globalized and pluralistic world?
- How can humans live sustainable lives in a harmed and precarious global environment?
- How do notions of God and religious faith inform responses to all of these questions?
- Critical inquiry. Engage with the rich traditions and questions that both emerged from and shaped Catholicism.
- Dialogue and discourse. Engage in conversation a range of theological, philosophical historical, or contemporary issues and make meaningful connections to public and/or scholarly discourse.
- Critical reading and analysis. Develop the ability to contextualize and critically analyze primary and secondary sources in print and electronic formats.
- Argument and expression. Develop the ability to set forth clear, well-supported, and persuasive arguments, orally and in writing. Develop the ability to write essays that reflect knowledge of essential facts and a command of analytical and writing skills.