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Essential Learning Outcomes

Tailored for Your Major

The UMass Lowell Core weaves seven Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) into every student’s educational experience. The Core Curriculum ensures that across all fields of study, our students will have opportunities to practice these essential intellectual skills in a way that is tailored for and relevant to each major (check your degree pathway for the appropriate ELO):

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA): Be a thoughtful, aware citizen of the global community. DCA course listing
  • Information Literacy (IL): Find, evaluate, and synthesize information effectively and persuasively. IL course listing
  • Social Responsibility and Ethics (SRE): Shape the world to improve life in your community and beyond. SRE course listing
  • Written and Oral Communication (WOC): Express ideas to professional peers with purpose and clarity. WOC course listing
  • Quantitative Literacy (QL): Be skilled in the many forms and varieties of numerical analysis. QL course listing
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTPS): Evaluate ideas and evidence rationally to produce and implement solutions. CTPS course listing
  • Applied and Integrative Learning (AIL): Synthesize knowledge and abilities in meaningful practice. AIL course listing