Courses in this category:
- Courses in this category have a sustained focus on the development of the skill of critical reasoning as expressed in written form.
- Courses in this category provide multiple opportunities for formal, out-of-class drafting and substantial revision, based on closely commented instructor feedback, totaling 4500 to 6000 words of writing. (The equivalent of approximately 15–20 full pages of 12-point, double-spaced text, not including tables, figures, illustrations, bibliographies, and other extra-textual components.)
- Courses in this category cultivate skills of information literacy to locate, evaluate, and use source materials that are reliable and relevant. In addressing the importance of using sources critically and appropriately, courses in this category address issues relating to the attribution of sources and plagiarism.
- Courses in this category utilize pedagogical materials (textbooks, websites, published articles, etc.) specifically focused on the teaching of critical reasoning skills (e.g. cognitive biases, evidence, logical fallacies, argumentation, scientific method) as relevant to the discipline.
- Courses in this category include, as a final assessment, an individually assigned, written, thesis-driven, research-based paper with annotated bibliography that requires students to demonstrate each of the skills in the Critical Reasoning Assessment Rubric (below).