The educational programs of Concord University are designed to foster skills, knowledge, and attitudes applicable across a wide range of academic fields and professional careers in a culturally diverse, perpetually evolving global community.
The General Studies Program provides opportunities to begin developing skills needed to address complex issues, to build a foundational knowledge base for lifelong learning, and to cultivate attitudes that promote personal and societal well-being and experiential enrichment.
Building on the General Studies program, the baccalaureate degree programs provide opportunities for in-depth study in a student’s chosen field(s).
Building on selected baccalaureate degree programs, the master’s degree programs provide opportunities for highly specialized research and professional development.
Skills: Proficiency in interpreting data, integrating information, formulating ideas, thinking critically, and communicating with others, as demonstrated by the following competencies:
- Effective inter-communication skills and literacy adapted as needed for the demands of various kinds of discourse:
- listening and speaking
- reading and writing
- graphic communication
- non-verbal communication
- media and technology literacy
- An ability to employ appropriate observational, logical, analytical, computational, creative, and critical thinking skills within and across academic disciplines; and to apply these skills in problem-solving.
- An ability to employ appropriate methods and technologies for conducting empirical and scholarly research, to interpret research findings, and to use insights gained from such research as a basis for informed decision making.
- An ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate elements, information and ideas.
- An ability to evaluate elements, information, and ideas on the basis of appropriate criteria.
- An ability to apply and to transfer academic and experiential learning appropriately from one context to another.
- An ability to learn and work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
Knowledge: Familiarity with principles underlying academic discourse in various fields, as demonstrated by the following capabilities:
- An ability to discern the reciprocal influences of environments, cultural beliefs and attitudes, and societal institutions and practices.
- An awareness of the fundamental characteristics and properties of the physical universe.
- An ability to interpret events and trends within historical contexts.
- Acquaintance with principles underlying languages, for example, linguistic, mathematical, and computer-language systems.
- A recognition of the complex interactions between organisms, including human beings, and their environments.
- An awareness of the aesthetic principles, methods, materials, and media employed in artistic performance and the creation of works of art and literature.
- Self-knowledge, including awareness of one’s own competencies, deficiencies, and optimal individual learning-style(s).
Attitudes: Tendencies conducive to self-knowledge, personal growth and development, and responsible citizenship as demonstrated by the following:
- Habitual reflection on ethical/moral implications of actions when weighing decisions and evaluating outcomes.
- Exercise of responsible leadership, including leadership by example, and of responsible followership.
- Respectful attentiveness to differing perspectives and willingness to engage in dialogue across differences in order to seek mutual understanding and equitable conflict resolution.
- Cultivation of and support for attitudes and practices that foster physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.
- Appreciation for the creative process and for the rich diversity of artistic achievement.
- Commitment to social responsibility, including community service and civic engagement.
- Motivation to pursue lifelong learning and ongoing intellectual growth.