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Core Competencies

​​​​​​​​​​This comprehensive list reflects the core competencies that are essential for all RCSJ graduates; however, each program varies regarding competencies required for a specific degree. Critical thinking is embedded in all courses.

Written and Oral Communication
  • Students will communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
​Quantitative Knowledge and Skills
  • Students will use appropriate mathematical and statistical concepts and operations to interpret data and to solve problems.
Scientific Knowledge and Reasoning
  • Students will use the scientific method of inquiry, through the acquisition of scientific knowledge.
Technological Competency
  • Students will use computer systems or other appropriate forms of technology to achieve educational and personal goals. 
​Society and Human Behavior
  • Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens.
Humanistic Perspective
  • Students will analyze works in the fields of art, history, music, or theater; literature; philosophy and/or religious studies; and/or will gain competence in the use of a foreign language.
Historical Perspective
  • Students will understand historical events and movements in World, Western, non-Western or American societies and assess their subsequent significance. 
Global and Cultural Awareness
  • Students will understand the importance of a global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.
Ethical Reasoning and Action
  • Students will understand ethical issues and situations.
Information Literacy
  • Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.​
Gloucester; Cumberland