Common Studies Objectives

  1. Communication
    Students will transmit information effectively in written or spoken form.
     
  2. Mathematics
    Students will solve problems through an analysis of quantitative relationships.
     
  3. Critical Thinking
    Students will use the principles of logic to develop analytical and reasoning skills.
     
  4. Meaning
    Students will analyze texts (broadly defined) in order to identify central themes and interpret underlying meaning.
     
  5. Ethical Reasoning
    Students will consider ethical problems in terms of competing interests, historical and cultural roots of conflict, and use various models or theories of ethical reasoning to resolve moral dilemmas.
     
  6. Historical Perspective
    Students will think historically, meaning that they will understand both how the present is shaped by the past and how the past informs our understanding of the present.
     
  7. Fine Arts: Creative and Aesthetic Sensibility
    Students will examine the products of human creativity in such endeavors as painting, sculpture, theatre, and music.
     
  8. Natural Science
    Students will understand the natural world through systematic observation, by analyzing data, and by forming, testing and revising hypotheses.
     
  9. Social Sciences
    Students will study the behavior of people and employ the principles of science to explain both group and individual behavior.
     
  10. Diversity
    Students will analyze the traditions and values of a variety of cultures.