UMSL Core and Explore

Learning Outcomes


First Year Writing

After successfully completing the First-Year Writing requirement:

  • After successfully completing the First-Year Writing requirement, students will be able to:
  • analyze contexts and audiences and then act on that analysis in comprehending and creating texts
  • analyze, synthesize, interpret, and evaluate ideas, information, situations, and texts
  • use multiple strategies, or composing processes, to conceptualize, develop, and finalize projects 
  • analyze and negotiate conventions (usage, spelling, citation as well as organizational frameworks, content, document design, and style) for purpose, audience, and genre, understanding that genres evolve in response to changes in material conditions and composing technologies and attending carefully to emergent conventions

 Mathematics Proficiency

After successfully completing the Mathematics requirement, students will be able to:

  • identify the ways in which mathematics occurs broadly in various fields (e.g., art, architecture, botany and music)
  • evaluate in an informed manner various aspects of financial matters (e.g., mortgages, loans and investments)
  • organize, analyze and interpret data arising in multiple formats (e.g., graphs, charts, diagrams as they arise within various contexts)
  • make judgments and draw appropriate conclusions checking for logical consistency, while recognizing the limits of this analysis

Communication Proficiency  

After successfully completing the Communication requirement students will be able to:

  • analyze and evaluate their own and others' oral expression
  • create and clearly deliver oral presentations to targeted audiences employing effective syntax, vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics
  • tailor messaging to diverse audiences to achieve a given purpose 
  • communicate effectively in groups by listening, reflecting, and responding appropriately and in context

Information Literacy

After successfully completing the Information Literacy requirement, students will be able to:

  • effectively define the scope and purpose of a project
  • use appropriate tools and contemporary technologies to access information through effective, well-designed search strategies 
  • identify relevant, reliable sources of information
  • critically analyze and evaluate the accuracy, validity and potential bias of information
  • organize, synthesize and communicate information from a variety of sources with clarity and depth

American History and Government

After successfully completing the American History and Government requirement, students will be able to:

  • describe how the underlying principles of the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Missouri shape American society
  • identify the various structures of American government 
  • examine events and social movements and the ways they impact interpretation of American history 


Fine Arts and Humanities

Upon completion of the required credit hours in this category, students will be able to:

  • explain the ways in which humanistic and/or creative expression throughout the ages reflect the culture and values of its time and place
  • analyze the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human experience
  • identify the relationships among ideas, text, and/or creative works and their cultural and historical contexts
  • frame a comparative context to critically assess the ideas, forces, and values that have created the modern world

​Social Sciences

Upon completion of the required credit hours in this category, students will be able to:

  • critically analyze how individuals are influenced by social institutions, structures, and processes  and how these may contribute to diverse perspectives
  • identify theory and qualitative or quantitative evidence to examine individual, social, and/or cultural phenomena
  • identify and critique ethical positions or arguments based on research in the social and behavioral sciences

Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences

Upon completion of the required credit hours in this category, students will be able to:

  • analyze and evaluate a scientific hypothesis or technical process
  • use basic scientific language and processes and be able to distinguish between scientific and non-scientific explanations 
  • use mathematical concepts and/or symbolic representations together with scientific methods to understand the physical or natural world
  • solve problems using mathematical, statistical, computational or symbolic methods