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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Signature Learning

Chair:  Nate Whelan-Jackson 

Capital University is committed to a liberal education that readies the student for every arena of life.  Liberal education develops intellectual skills, expands the breadth of learning through exploration of several modes of inquiry, and challenges students to examine foundational ethical and cultural assumptions. It enables students to think critically and reflectively on vocation, citizenship, service, and religious and ethical commitments.

The Capital curriculum is structured around Program Learning Outcomes that are delivered through majors, minors, foundational courses, and co-curricular experiences. 

The 7 Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Represent what students are able to do at the conclusion of a program.
  • Are broader than course and co-curricular outcomes
  • Are achieved as the culmination of multiple course and co-curricular activities.

Signature Learning Program Learning Outcomes and Descriptions

Students apply the skills of a liberally educated person to investigate problems and questions.

The liberal arts include a set of subjects, practices, and investigations that orient each student’s life-long growth and sense of vocation. Through inquiry and reflection across the student experience, students integrate and apply critical thinking, effective communication, cultural awareness, and ethical sensitivity to progressively challenging situations and contexts.

Students explain how their choices affect goal achievement across a variety of domains (e.g., professional and personal relationships, finances, mental and physical health, etc.)

Students identify and reflect on physical, intellectual, emotional, and social components of life transitions. Students develop goals for future personal, social, and professional wellbeing.

Students access, evaluate, interpret, and produce quantitative and qualitative information to solve problems.

Students are empowered to create and use information to achieve their personal, social, educational, and professional goals. Students recognize gaps and limits in existing knowledge. Students effectively access, organize, evaluate, and interpret data to produce information for solving problems and drawing conclusions.

Students articulate basic principles, methods, and societal effects of natural and social sciences 

Students identify and practice methods of inquiry in social and natural sciences, including laboratory methods. Students develop scientific literacy by practicing reasoning skills and applying major scientific paradigms. Students explore the impact of science on society.

Students speak, write, read, and listen effectively

Students actively listen, process, and critically evaluate information. Students use information ethically and with integrity. Students practice effective written and oral communication strategies for multiple audiences in various modes.

Students analyze, contextualize, and engage with human cultures.

Students engage with varied artistic, religious, and historical cultural products and systems. Students produce art in different forms. Students appreciate the moral implications of engagement with human cultures in a global context.

Students interact knowledgeably and ethically with people and ideas from many cultures, religions, and identities.

Students use and critically evaluate different moral frameworks that inform their lived experience. Students identify themselves to be members of diverse communities, analyzing sources of misunderstanding, conflict, and injustice. Students develop an appreciation for diverse ways of life. Students develop ethical sensitivity that informs thought and behavior in personal, communal, and global contexts.


The program learning outcomes are supported throughout the entire Capital education: courses in the Signature Learning Program, courses in the majors and minors, and co-curricular experiences. Pathways consist of experiences across these categories. They introduce, reinforce, and ultimately facilitate mastery of these outcomes. These developmental pathways integrate the learning experience as a student progresses through the Signature Learning Program with other academic and co-curricular experiences.

Multi-course pathways include the “Ethics and Society Pathway” and the “Criticism and Culture Pathway”. 

Signature Learning Pathways  

Ways of Fulfilling Signature Learning Requirements

Curriculum requirements can be met, or in some cases, waived by:

University Core (UC) or Cognate courses


This Year

Students Take a

Required Course In:

These are the Course Options that

Fulfill the Corresponding Course Requirement


First Year Seminar

  • UC 100 First Year Seminar 
  • EDUC 151 Foundations of the Education Profession 
  • MUSIC 120 Introduction to Music and Listening 
  • NURS 110 Introduction to Holistic Nursing Practice (First Year) 



Reading and Writing


  • ENGL 111 Academic Composition  



Oral Communication

Do not take in the same semester as ENGL 111

  • UC 120 Oral Communication 


Quantitative Reasoning

  • UC 140 Quantitative Reasoning       
  • MATH 215 Elementary Statistics 
  • MATH 230 Calculus I 
  • MATH 231 Calculus II 
  • MATH 251 Discrete Mathematics 
  • SOSCI 210 Social Science Statistics 
  • CSAC 245 Computational Science I 
  • CS 245 Computational Science I 
  • MATH 140 Integrated Mathematics I and MATH 141 Integrated Mathematics II (Early Childhood and/or Intervention Specialist Majors Only)          



  • UC 170 Introduction to Ethics 


Cultural Pluralism 

  • UC 270 Cultural Pluralism 



  • UC 220 Religion, Meaning and Culture    


Fine Arts

  • ART 210 Visual Art 
  • FMP 210 The Art of Cinema  
  • ENGL 204 Creative Writing 
  • FRNCH 410 French Theater 
  • SPAN 410 Hispanic Theater 
  • MUSIC 210 Introduction to Music 
  • TH 121 Introduction to Theatre 
  • Three semesters of Major Music Ensembles


Social Sciences

  • ECON 101 Macroeconomic Principles 
  • ECON 115 Microeconomic Principles 
  • POLS 230 Comparative Politics 
  • PSYCH 120 Introduction to Psychology 
  • PSYCH 121 General Psychology 
  • SOC 115 Principles of Sociology 
  • SOC 120 Introduction to Sociology 
  • UC 230 Social Science                      


Natural Science and Society

Students must take a minimum of SIX (6) credit hours of Natural Science course (the combination of the Natural Science and Society requirement and the Laboratory Science Requirement).

  • UC 241 Science and Technology in Society (2 cr.)
  • UC 242 Topics of Science of Music (can not be taken if UC-243 is taken) (2 cr.)
  • BIOL 150 Human and Applied Genetics (3 cr.) 
  • EDUC 243 Instructional Technology (2 cr.)
  • ENVS 230 Environmental Geology (3 cr.)
  • GEOL 220 Introduction to Astronomy (3 cr.)
  • PSYCH 330 Biological Psychology (4 cr.)     


Natural Science Laboratory

Students must take a minimum of SIX (6) credit hours of Natural Science courses (the combination of the Natural Science and Society requirement and the Laboratory Science requirement).

  • UC 243 Topics in Science of Music & Lab (can not be taken if UC-242 is taken) (3 cr.)
  • BIOL 100 General Biology (4 cr.)
  • BIOL 151 Foundations Modern Biology I (4 cr.)
  • CHEM 171 Chemical Principles I and CHEM 173 (both needed = 4 cr.)
  • CHEM 150 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (4 cr.)
  • GEOL 250 Physical Geology (4 cr.)
  • ENVS 250 Environmental Science (4 cr.)
  • PHYS 220 General Physics I (4 cr.)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics II (4 cr.)                         



  • UC 320 Humanities  


Global Systems

  • UC 370 Global Systems  
  • EDUC 283 Intercultural Student Teaching and Community Engagement Seminar 
  • SPAN 380 Immigration and Identity 
  • FRNCH 380 Contemporary France 

AP or ACT Test Scores

Some Signature Learning requirements can be met by AP or ACT test scores. The chart below outlines possibilities for completing a requirement by test equivalence.      


Signature Learning Requirement

AP or ACT Equivalents


Reading & Writing

Advanced Placement 

English Language & Composition Exam (Score of 4 or higher required=ENGL-111) (Score of 3 = ENGL-100)         

Course Requirement: ENGL-111 credit awarded (4 credits awarded)

ACT English 28 or higher  

Students with an English ACT of 28 or higher, or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 640, are waived from the Reading and Writing requirement. 

Course Requirement:  Waived 

ACT English 18-27: 

Students with an English ACT of 18-27 or higher, or a SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 441-640 should take ENGL 111, Academic Composition. 

Course RequirementENGL 111 Academic Composition  

ACT English 17 or below 

Students with an English ACT lower than 18 or an SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing lower than 441 are required to take ENGL 100, Basic Writing, prior to ENGL 111, Academic Composition. These students should enroll in ENGL 100 and UC 120 in the Fall Term of their first year, followed by ENGL 111 in the Spring Term of their first year. 

Course RequirementENGL 100 Basic Writing 


If no score information is available, perspective students are invited to take a placement test to determine an appropriate first-year writing class or receive a waiver of the first-year writing requirement.



Quantitative Reasoning

  • Advanced Placement-Mathematics Calculus AB or BC Exam- (Score of 4 or higher required)-4 credits awarded

Advanced Placement-Statistics Exam (Score of 4 or higher required)


Social Sciences

  • Advanced Placement-American Gov.& Politics Exam (Score of 3 or higher required)-3 credits awarded
  • Advanced Placement-Microeconomics Exam (Score of 3 or higher required)-(4 cr.)
  • Advanced Placement-Macroeconomics Exam (Score of 3 or higher required)-(4 cr.)

Advanced Placement - Psychology Exam (Score of 4 or more required)-(4 cr.)


Natural Science and Society

Advanced Placement-Environmental Science (Score of 3 or higher required)-(3 cr.)


Natural Science Laboratory

  • Advanced Placement-Chemistry w/Lab exam (score of 4 or higher required)-(4 cr.)
  • Advanced Placement-Biology w/Lab Exam (score of 4 or higher required)-(3 cr.)
  • Advanced Placement-Environmental Science w/Lab (score of 4 or higher)-4 cr.)
  • Advanced Placement-Physics C: Mechanics-(Score of 4 or higher required)-(4 cr.)

Advanced Placement-Physics C: Electricity/Magnetism (Score of 4 or higher required)-(4 cr.)

Transfer Work

Students also can fulfill some Signature Learning requirements via transfer course work. Courses transferred to Capital University that align with the transfer agreements will automatically be taken as having met the appropriate requirement.  More information regarding transfer equivalency courses are available on the Capital University Web site (http://www.capital.edu/transferring-college-credit/).

Students can be waived from First Year Seminar requirements if they have at least 31 credit hours of prior college credit earned before matriculating to Capital.

Coursework that is not specified in the equivalency guides may sometimes be used to meet a Signature Learning requirement, subject to review of the course syllabus. Transfer students may combine several courses from several different prior universities to petition for a substitution. Please, use the General Education Waiver form to petition for this kind of substitution. Attach all syllabi to the General Education Waiver form, and submit the petition to the Registrar’s Office. Petitions submitted after April 15 may not be processed until the next academic year. All petitions for transferred course work should be submitted prior to the last semester before graduation. Transfer students with completed baccalaureate and/or master’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities are waived from the Capital University Signature Learning requirements effective fall term 2004. Students who earn an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution and complete the Signature Learning requirements outlined in the Ohio Transfer 36* are presumed to have met Capital University’s Signature Learning requirements with the exception of Religion (UC 220) and either Humanities (UC 320) or Global Systems (UC 370).

*The Ohio Transfer 36 contains 36-40 semester hours of course credit in English composition (minimum 3 semester hours); mathematics, statistics and formal/symbolic logic (minimum 3 semester hours); arts/humanities (minimum 6 semester hours); social and behavioral sciences (minimum 6 semester hours); and natural sciences (minimum 6 semester hours). Oral communication, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and interdisciplinary areas may be included as additional options. Additional elective hours from among these areas make up the total hours for a completed Ohio Transfer 36. Courses for the Ohio Transfer 36 should be 100- and 200-level general education courses commonly completed in the first two years of a student’s course of study. Students completing a technical associate degree may complete the Ohio Transfer 36, but will likely have to take additional general education courses beyond those required for the applied associate degree. Alternatively, students may transfer individual courses without completing the entire Ohio Transfer 36 (https://transfercredit.ohio.gov/students/student-programs/ohio-transfer-36)

Course Curriculum

Successful completion of University Core courses (UC) are taken as meeting these goals. Some Goals also have Cognate courses that have also been determined to meet the requirements of these Goals.

Assessment Testing

Students may demonstrate that they already possess the knowledge or skills delineated by a Goal. Assessment procedures are available for each Signature Learning goal. Students who are interested in this option should contact Academic Success at http://www.capital.edu/Academic-Success/ or 614-236-6327 prior to enrolling in a course that has been approved to satisfy that particular Signature Learning requirement. A waiver indicates that the requirements for a Signature Learning Goal have been met and no further courses are needed. Receiving a waiver is not the same as receiving credit for a course. Students should not schedule a Signature Learning course until after the waiver process for that Signature Learning requirement is completed. Normally students can attempt to waive a Signature Learning requirement only once.

- Automatic Waiver

Students may receive automatic waivers for Signature Learning Goal Reading and Writing and Quantitative Reasoning based on ACT or SAT test scores.

Reading & Writing Skills

Quantitative Reasoning

  ACT English 28 minimum

   ACT Math 28 minimum


  SAT Evidence-Based Reading

  and Writing (SAT EBRW)


  SAT EBRW - 640 minimum


   SAT Math - 700 minimum



  (March, 2016 and after)


There is no fee or credit awarded as a result of an automatic waiver.

- Assessment Testing Process

Students will have to complete either: (A) a test developed by Capital Faculty; (B) the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test (CLEP Examinations , CLEP Testing Center); or (C) an assessment interview with a faculty member (Contact the Student Success office or the appropriate department chair for detailed information regarding this option.) 

- Fees and Credit

Fees must be paid at the time a waiver test is attempted. Credit is not awarded for the A or C waiver process. However, three semester hours of credit is awarded for each CLEP test successfully passed. Credit will be granted in accordance with the policy in effect at the time the exam is administered. All test fees costs, and all fees are subject to change. CLEP Testing availability and related costs must be confirmed with each CLEP Testing Center.

Portfolio Submitted to UCAP 

Students may demonstrate that they have acquired the skills or knowledge delineated in a Signature Learning requirement through work or life experience. A student, for example, who has lived abroad for a period may wish to demonstrate that this experience has provided him/her with the knowledge and skills delineated by the Cultural Pluralism requirement. Students complete this by assembling all the materials relevant to be evaluated by a faculty panel assembled for such purposes. More information regarding UCAP   can be obtained at Academic Success http://www.capital.edu/Academic-Success/. (See the Undergraduate Academic Policies, Regulations and General Information section for more information.)

Signature Learning Course Requirements Satisfied by Specific Major

Major Curriculum

By virtue of a course required for a specific major a student may satisfy both a Signature Learning and major requirement. For example, students majoring in mathematics meet the Quantitative Reasoning goal and satisfy a major requirement by completing Calculus I. What follows is a list of goals met within the following majors:




Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Fine Arts

Art Therapy

Fine Arts

Athletic Training and

Athletic Training Pre-PT

Natural Science, Social Science, Quantitative Reasoning


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science

Business Management

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science


Fine Arts

Computer Science

Quantitative Reasoning

Conservatory majors

(BA Majors excluded)

Fine Arts


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science

Economics-Political Science

Social Science


Social Science

Education (Primary Childhood)

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science

Education (Intervention Specialist)

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science

Engineering (Dual Degree program)

Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science

English - Creative Writing

Fine Arts

Environmental Science

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science, Natural Science

Exercise Science and

Exercise Science Pre PT

Natural Science, Social Science, Quantitative Reasoning

Financial Economics

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science

French (major or minor)



(only with teacher licensure)

Social Science

International Studies

Social Science

Leadership & Management

Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Natural Science

Music Technology

Fine Arts


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science

Political Science

Social Science

Political Science

(only with teacher licensure)

Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science,

Natural Science (Non-Laboratory)



Social Work

Cultural Diversity, Social Science


Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science

Spanish (major or minor) 



Fine Arts


Three Signature Learning Course Requirements are NOT satisfied by any specific major:

  • First Year Seminar
  • Reading and Writing Skills
  • Ethics