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21st-Century Literacies

(12–26 credits, depending on student profile: AP credits, placement testing, etc.) 

The 21st-Century Literacies refer to foundational skills and knowledge that all students need in order to achieve the student learning outcomes associated with the qualities of the liberally educated person

  • Cross-Cultural/Foreign Language Literacy
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Religious Literacy
  • Scientific Literacy

Cabrini offers a wide variety of courses to fulfill these requirements.

Students should discuss their selection of Literacies courses with their advisors.



Religious Literacy

(3 credits)

Cabrini offers courses studying a wide range of religions and cultures. 

Upon completion of this requirement, students will:

  • demonstrate an awareness of how particular religious belief systems evolve and are challenged by society and culture
  • demonstrate knowledge of the history, institutions, and texts of lived religious traditions and relate that knowledge to their own belief system
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on God, the Church, the world community, the individual, and issues related to the dignity of the human person
  • enhance their ability to communicate through the written word by synthesizing ideas and developing supported positions about religious texts and/or traditions

Quantitative Literacy

(0–9 credits)

The chair of the Mathematics Department determines placement into the appropriate level course, based on SAT scores, transcripts, and placement tests.

Depending on their placement, students may demonstrate mathematical competence in four ways:

  • a three-semester sequence of introductory math courses
  • six credits from two mid-level math courses 
  • three credits from one high-level math course 
  • exemption through advanced work and appropriate placement scores

Upon completion of this requirement, students will:

  • construct, interpret, and utilize mathematical models
  • express quantitative information in graphic form (e.g., graphs, charts, tables)
  • develop, analyze, and make inferences based on quantitative data
  • solve real world problems using appropriate mathematical strategies

Cross-Cultural/Foreign Language Literacy 

(0–6 credits)

The chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department places students into the appropriate course, based on transcripts and placement tests.

Depending on their placement, students may demonstrate foreign-language competency in four ways:

  • six credits from two introductory-level courses
  • three credits from the second half of the introductory-level course
  • three credits from a higher-level course
  • exemption through advanced work and appropriate placement scores

Upon completion of this requirement, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the practices, perspectives and artifacts of the culture studied
  • demonstrate an understanding of the nature of a language and culture through comparisons of the target language and culture to their own
  • converse in the target language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and exchange opinions and will understand and interpret the spoken target language
  • write with clarity in the target language to provide information, concepts and ideas and will understand and interpret the written target language

Scientific Literacy 

(6–8 credits - fulfilled by two science courses with integrated laboratories)

  • Science majors complete 8 credit hours for their Science requirement.
  • Elementary Education majors complete a 7-credit requirement as part of their “Super Science” course.

Upon completion of this requirement, students will:

  • understand the interdisciplinary nature of science
  • apply the scientific method and quantitative skills through laboratory and/or field experimentation and data analysis
  • become aware of global social and ethical issues surrounding scientific discovery and technology
  • enhance their ability to communicate scientific ideas in a written format used by science professionals

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