STOGoals: Specialized Knowledge of a Particular Field or Topic

Students will develop deep knowledge of a field of study and its distinctive modes of inquiry, creation, and expression.

For example, students will be able to:

  • Understand the subject matter associated with a specific field, practice, or topic – terms, concepts, classic and contemporary scholarship, controversies, and current issues
  • Use methods of inquiry characteristic of the field to investigate a specific question or issue
  • Use tools or techniques characteristic of the field to demonstrate, create, or perform
  • Think like a scholar or practitioner in the field (a historian, an artist, an economist, a psychologist, an educator, an Asian Studies specialist, etc.)
  • Recognize connections between an area of specialized knowledge and other fields

Students can develop these abilities through experiences such as:

  • Completing any major or concentration
  • Working as a student assistant in an academic department
  • Participating in intercollegiate athletics
  • Being a peer educator, academic consultant, TA, or advisor
  • Singing or playing in a music ensemble
  • Conducting research with a faculty member through the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program


For more information about student learning outcomes, visit the college’s Assessment Results pages.

The majority of alumni say that college prepared them well for graduate or professional school (2018 HEDS Alumni data):