MSOE’s academic programs are designed to provide students with a deep knowledge of their discipline as well as a broad understanding of their responsibilities within society and the communities they serve. An integral part of this education is associated with a student’s exposure to and understanding of a set of Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs) that are addressed within program-specific courses as well as MSOE’s general education program, known as the Raider Core. The Raider Core provides students with an educational experience that is grounded in the liberal arts - namely the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and fine arts. The knowledge gained within the Raider Core assists students as they explore issues that span multiple fields of study and best prepares them to address and solve complex problems in their chosen profession. In addition, out-of-classroom and co-curricular experiences also contribute to a student’s exposure to and understanding of the Common Learning Outcomes.
As such, we seek to educate and develop students who, upon graduation, achieve an ability to:
- Collaborate Successfully
- Communicate Effectively
- Demonstrate Ethical Understanding
- Embrace Diversity
- Exhibit Curiosity
- Think Critically
- Integrate Learning
Furthermore, we aspire for our graduates to embody the MSOE Mindset and become:
- Leaders of Character
- Responsible Professionals
- Passionate Learners
- Value Creators
The Raider Core
Students will be assessed on the seven Common Learning Outcomes noted above through their coursework that is specified within their academic program as well as MSOE’s general education program. Certain courses will be designated as addressing and assessing the Common Learning Outcomes and will contribute to a student’s achievement of the Raider Core requirements.
A minimum total of 30 Raider Core credits must be earned. Each Common Learning Outcome within the Raider Core has a minimum required set of courses and/or credits that must be achieved.
- Collaborate Successfully and Communicate Effectively - 9 credits - Work constructively with others towards a common goal and articulate and explain complex ideas clearly across a range of media and audiences
Students are required to complete all of the following courses:
- Demonstrate Ethical Understanding - 3 credits minimum - Engage in independent ethical inquiry on pressing ethical challenges and foster ethical behavior in personal and professional life
Students are required to complete one of the following three courses:
- PHL 3101 Ethics for Professional Managers and Engineers
- PHL 3102 Ethics of Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence
- PHL 3103 Bioethics
- Embrace Diversity - 3 credits minimum - Demonstrate inclusivity toward others, pursuing intercultural understanding and exploring ways to address historical or existing barriers to social equity
The course prefix must include ANT, AHT, FNA, GER, HST, HON, HUM, LIT, PHL, PSC, PSY, SOC, SPN, or SSC and address the Embrace Diversity CLO.
- Exhibit Curiosity - 3 credits minimum - Practice open-minded intellectual inquiry, creative exploration, and engagement with different perspectives
The course prefix must include ANT, AHT, FNA, GER, HST, HUM, LIT, PHL, PSC, PSY, SOC, SPN, or SSC and address the Exhibit Curiosity CLO. ARM 1800 (Army ROTC students only), BUS 2221 , BUS 2222 , and ARE 3821 are also accepted for the fulfillment of the Exhibit Curiosity CLO.
- Think Critically - 3 credits minimum - Apply sound principles of critical or analytical reasoning and evaluation of evidence
The course prefix must include BIO, CHM, MTH, PHY, or SCI and address the Think Critically CLO.
- Integrate Learning - 6 credits minimum - Synthesize and transfer learning across new contexts to address complex problems
As specified by the academic programs, these courses address the Integrate Learning CLO through integrated project-based experiential learning.
- Raider Core Elective - 3 credits minimum
The course prefix must include ANT, AHT, BIO, CHM, FNA, GER, HST, HON, HUM, LIT, MTH, PHL, PHY, PSC, PSY, SCI, SOC, SPN, or SSC and address at least one of the following CLOs: Collaborate Successfully, Demonstrate Ethical Understanding, Embrace Diversity, Exhibit Curiosity, or Think Critically. ARM 1800 (Army ROTC students only), BUS 2221 , BUS 2222 , and ARE 3821 are also accepted for the fulfillment of the Exhibit Curiosity CLO. Check with the academic programs for guidance regarding specific elective choices that are allowed for a student’s program.
Note that some courses address and assess more than one CLO, however, these courses can only be used to fulfill one CLO requirement.