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The 9 Elements of the Marylhurst Core

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The nine elements of the Marylhurst Core prepare you to successfully meet the challenges of today's world and influence the landscape of tomorrow. No matter your chosen field, a liberal arts education reaches beyond any one specific discipline and addresses the whole person. Critical analysis, problem-solving, agility—and the rest of the liberal arts elements—help equip our students to be leaders of competence, conscience and compassion in an ever-changing world.



Develop critical thinking skills in order to explore and evaluate texts and ideas. You will apply theory and knowledge to practice and demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple ideas and perspectives.

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Identify and clearly define problems. Find creative, sustainable solutions and implement them strategically. You will learn how to problem-solve independently and in groups.


Effective Communication

Use strong communication skills across multimedia platforms and tools. You will demonstrate your ability to write, speak and listen clearly for a variety of audiences. In our interconnected world, you will learn how to thoughtfully engage in interpersonal and intercultural communication.



Connect the learning experience to overall, ongoing personal development. You will be able to reflect on your experiences and continue to learn, grow and use that learning in the future. Critical reflection encourages you to ask questions, collect information, make adaptations, repeat.

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Integrated Learning

Apply coursework to real-world situations. It is crucial to connect theory with practical experiences across a diverse range of disciplines. Integrated learning allows you to synthesize ideas in order to credibly address social or cultural problems.

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Embrace a commitment to sustainability — both literally and philosophically. Whether you're designing green architecture, teaching high-school students or implementing social media marketing, sustainability is a mindset that emphasizes long-term solutions over quick fixes.

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Social Responsibility

Engage in social, ethical action for the betterment of our local community and the greater world. It isn't enough to be aware of the complexities and challenges of society. Our coursework seeks to serve the underserved through social justice, service-learning and active participation in the community.



Cultivate an understanding and respect for points of view other than your own. Develop a global awareness and appreciate how your perceptions connect with those with different social, cultural and economic experiences. The Marylhurst core requires you to apply and work with multiple perspectives to problem-solve, thereby accomplishing common goals.



Prepare yourself for the constantly shifting career landscape through nimble comprehension and resourcefulness. The mindset of lifelong learning will help you adapt and evolve in the marketplace, equip you to step into leadership opportunities and prepare you for jobs that may not even exist yet.


>>Learn more about the Marylhurst Core and download detailed course descriptions

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