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Academic Overview

Building on the commitment of Salem’s founders to the education of women, the Salem Signature provides an innovative and rigorous liberal education.  In a community devoted to scholarly inquiry, students participate in disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses and merge knowledge and practice through experiential learning. The dynamic examination of concepts, ideas and opinions broadens students’ perspectives, awakens their intellectual curiosity, and challenges them to put learning to work in the real world.  The Salem Signature program equips students with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to excel in a liberal arts institution and to make connections across space, time and disciplines.  The Salem Signature program educates the whole person, realizes individual potential, fosters intellectual curiosity, develops leadership skills and cultivates women of change.

All Salem Signature courses are informed by a commitment to producing scholars who have learned how to learn.  Salem graduates know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find and evaluate information and how to put information to use to assist others in learning. Completing the Salem Signature indicates that Salem graduates are prepared for lifelong learning in a global community.

Salem Signature Competencies 

After having completed their education, graduates of Salem College will possess and demonstrate a range of competencies, detailed below.  These competencies should not be confused with specific course requirements, which are listed in the course catalog's section on “Degrees and Requirements.”  Competencies to be demonstrated by the time of graduation are as follows:

Critical Thinking – Students will think critically and solve problems.

Students will possess the ability:

  • to evaluate, interpret and explain evidence, issues and arguments
  • to draw reasonable conclusions
  • to apply critical thinking in solving problems. 

Communication – Students will speak, write and use technology to express ideas, concepts and information clearly and effectively.

Students will possess the ability:

  • to communicate orally
  • to communicate in writing
  • to use technology in communicating ideas, concepts and information.

Quantitative reasoning – Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning.

Students will possess the ability:

  • to apply quantitative data in real life situations
  • to interpret and evaluate mathematical models-formulas, graphs, tables and schemata
  • to solve problems using quantitative data and methods
  • to estimate and check solutions to problems for reasonableness.

Global Awareness – Students will demonstrate global awareness and responsibility.

Students will possess the ability:

  • to view issues from the perspective of other cultures
  • to describe of the interdependence of world populations and the complex relationship between humans and their environment
  • to articulate the dynamics of interacting with people from different cultures and socio-economic groups.

Gender Inquiry – Students will articulate the role of gender and apply gender as an analytical lens.

Students will possess the ability:

  •  to articulate the role of gender
  •  to apply gender as an analytical lens
  •  to analyze the intersection of gender with other categories of social difference
  •  to describe the role of women across cultures and time
  •  to examine the student’s own gendered life experience.

 

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