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Honing Skills and Capacities

Under the aim of honing skills and capacities, Stanford faculty articulated the skills and capacities they expect all undergraduates to develop.  These are communication, foreign language, and each of eight Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (abbreviated as Ways).  The Ways are Stanford’s new approach to breadth requirements.  Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing map courses by essential capacities rather than by department or academic discipline. 

Here we present results of studies that seek to measure student development in communication, foreign language, and each of the eight Ways.

Communication (from Capacity and Preparatory Review Report, 2010)

Foreign Language

The areas listed below will be added over the coming years:

  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Inquiry
  • Applied Quantitative Reasoning
  • Creative Expression
  • Engaging Diversity
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Formal Reasoning
  • Scientific Method and Analysis
  • Social Inquiry