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GPS learning goals

Inspired by our namesake, Justice Louis Brandeis, a Brandeis education combines core skills, knowledge and social justice. The following GPS learning goals were drawn directly from the University's learning goals.

Core Skills

Master communication skills. Specifically, our graduates should be able to express clearly facts, ideas, opinions and beliefs in a variety of written and oral formats.

Master quantitative skills. Specifically, our graduates should be able to collect, interpret and effectively utilize numerical data and quantitative information; and use mathematical and other abstract models to express and understand causal relationships.

Exhibit strong critical thinking skills. Critical thinking allows for the clarification of ideas and the development of new ideas that are useful and worthy of further elaboration. Specifically, our graduates should be able to:

  • Analyze, interpret and synthesize information and ideas from diverse sources, including different types of texts (e.g., oral, written, visual and performance-based)
  • Evaluate the relevance and validity of information, empirical evidence and theoretical arguments
  • Solve challenging problems and arrive at reasoned conclusions


Demonstrate ability to engage in research and scholarship. Specifically, our graduates should:

  • Possess a substantial core of knowledge in their chosen field(s)
  • Understand the resources and methods of their chosen field(s)
  • Use knowledge to raise and explore new questions, theories and problems

Demonstrate intellectual flexibility. Specifically, our graduates should be able to:

  • Modify their conclusions based on new information
  • Modify their approach to a problem based on the requirements of a particular situation
  • Apply different analytic lenses to understand complex issues

Demonstrate intellectual creativity. Specifically, our graduates should:

  • Integrate knowledge from the domain of ideas and the domain of experience
  • Generate original ideas and insights appropriate to a given context

Social Justice

Participate as informed citizens in a global society. Specifically, our graduates should:

  • Engage in self reflection, inquiry and learning throughout their lives
  • Act as socially and ethically responsible members of their communities and the world

Demonstrate understanding of diverse societies. Specifically, our graduates should:

  • Exhibit knowledge of and respect for cultural traditions other than their own
  • Understand the interdependence of people around the world

Engage in service throughout their lives. Specifically, our graduates should:

  • Follow the example of Justice Brandeis by contributing to the creation of a just society
  • Exemplify the value of altruism by volunteering and acting as advocates.

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