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Critical Thinking
One Critical Thinking (CT designated) course is required as part of the liberal arts core at the University of Sioux Falls. For more information about specific Critical Thinking courses by discipline, follow this link to webpages for Critical Thinking.

The following table provides examples of courses that are designated CT courses. In order for a course to fulfill the requirement for the liberal arts core, it must have the CT designation at the time the student takes the course.


ART 120CT and MED 120CT
Introduction to Design
BIO 222CT Genetics
BUS 312CT, CST 312CT, or MED 312CT Leadership and Small Group Communication
BUS 421CT Business Ethics
CRJ 203CT, PSC 203CT, or SOC 203CT Introduction to Criminal Justice
COM 306CT or MATH 306CT Discrete & Algorithmic Math
CST 100CT Fundamentals of Communication
EDU 322CT Differentiated Instruction
EDU 406CT, 412CT, or 414CT Student Teaching
ENG 330CT Communication, Language and Grammar
EXS 220CT Nutrition for Sport and Fitness
EXS 344CT Cardiovascular Physiology / ECG
MED 260CT Media Issues
PHI 207CT Introduction to Philosophy
THE 240CT Introduction to Christian Thought
THE 318CT The Letters of Paul


Critical Thinking Guidelines
(May 2009)

To be eligible for a critical thinking designation, a course must carry at least three credits and meet the following criteria: 

1.  Explicit instruction connected with both the process and the content of critical thinking (described below) should be reflected in course content and student learning objectives.

 
Critical thinking uses analysis to identify intended and actual relationships among statements; evaluation to judge the credibility of the data, and inference to draw reasonable conclusions from the study of the data. 
1.       Analysis:   To identify the intended and actual inferential relationships among statements, questions, concepts, questions intended to express beliefs, judgments, information or opinions.        
2.       Evaluation:
        a.       To assess the credibility of statements or other representations of an individual's perception, experience, situation, judgment, belief or opinion; and to assess the logical strength of the inferential relationships among statements, descriptions, questions, or other representations.
        b.      To state the results of one’s reasoning; to justify that reasoning in terms of the considerations on which the results are based; and to present one’s reasoning in the form of cogent arguments by stating results, justifying procedures, and presenting arguments. 
3.       Inference:  To identify the elements needed to draw reasonable conclusions; to form conjectures and hypotheses, to consider relevant information and to extract effects implied by data, statements, principles, evidence, judgments, beliefs, opinions, concepts, descriptions, questions, or other representations by querying evidence, conjecturing alternatives, and drawing conclusions. 
 

2.  Assessment measures implemented in the course should include those designed to assess both student understanding of concepts related to critical thinking and the development of skills related to the practice of critical thinking.

Once a course is approved, offered, and assessed, subsequent offerings of the course do not require new approval if there is no major change in syllabus or course instructor.