CAS Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides students with multiple opportunities to engage in academic experiences designed to broaden intellectual horizons and to concentrate in a major field of inquiry.  Through a combination of college-wide distribution requirements and major field requirements, Lehigh Arts and Sciences students investigate and acquire knowledge of:

Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

by studying in these required areas:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Studying broadly in the areas above and concentrating deeply in a major field will help develop intellectual traits and skills needed to create the lifelong learning habits necessary to confront constantly changing social conditions, emerging technologies, careers and lives.

Intellectual and practical skills

  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Effective written, oral, and visual communication
  • Quantitative, visual, and information literacy
  • Teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving

Breadth of study combined with advanced work in select academic areas provides opportunities to integrate knowledge, skills, and achievements across disciplinary boundaries.

Personal, social, and professional responsibility

  • Self-reflection, evaluation, and expression
  • Social and civic awareness and engagement
  • International and intercultural awareness and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Professional and disciplinary standards

Advanced, integrative and independent learning

  • Inquiry across disciplines
  • Synthesis within and between disciplines
  • Navigating uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity
  • Independent discovery
  • Application of knowledge and skills to new settings and complex problems