University Learning Goals

San José State University graduates will have developed:

Social and Global Responsibilities

  • An ability to consider the purpose and function of one’s degree program training within various local and/or global social contexts and to act intentionally, conscientiously, and ethically with attention to diversity and inclusion.

Specialized Knowledge

  • Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as appropriate to the discipline.

Intellectual Skills

  • Fluency with specific theories, assumptions, foundational knowledge, analytical and interpretive protocols, tools, and technologies appropriate to the discipline or field of study. 
  • Skills necessary for mastery of a discipline at a level appropriate to the degree and leading to lifelong learning, including critical and creative thinking and practice, effective communication, thorough and ethical information gathering and processing, competence with quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, and productive engagement in collaborative activities. 
  • For undergraduate students in a baccalaureate program: an understanding of critical components of broad academic areas, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, quantitative reasoning, and sciences. 

Integrative Knowledge and Skills

  • Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative, or practical project (e.g., brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating) with integration within and/or across disciplines. 

  • An ability to articulate the potential impacts of results or findings from a particular work or field in a societal context.

Applied Knowledge

  • An ability to apply theory, practice, and problem solving to new materials, settings, and problems.