Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

Trinity Western is a Christian, liberal arts University. As a Christian university, Trinity Western is grounded in the historic Christian tradition and seeks to unite reason and faith through teaching and scholarship. As a liberal arts university, Trinity Western prepares students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change by providing them with a broad knowledge of the wider world and helping them to develop transferable intellectual and practical skills.

The Student Learning Outcomes pertain to the whole University, but it is recognized that they apply most directly to the undergraduate experience. The University’s graduate programs are diverse and highly specialized and thus support the University's student learning outcomes through curricula appropriate to those specializations and the nature of the degrees offered.

It is intended that through the range of their experiences at Trinity Western University, students should prepare for a life of learning and service by developing the following:

Knowledge and its Application

  • a broad foundational knowledge of human culture and the physical and natural world.
  • a depth of understanding in any chosen field(s) of study.
  • applied knowledge acquired through discipline-appropriate experiential learning.

Cognitive Complexity

  • skills, including critical and creative thinking, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, communication, research, and information literacy.
  • an ability to articulate various interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives, integrating informed Christian perspectives.
  • an ability to respond with wisdom, humility and charity to questions, issues, and problems of the human condition.

Aesthetic Expression and Interpretation

  • creative, performative, material and narrative forms of critical inquiry.
  • intuitive, imaginative and interpretive methodologies.
  • ways of knowing through which maker and receiver come to insight and understanding.
  • collaborative and community–based interdisciplinary practices.

Inter-and Intra-personal Wellness

  • a holistic awareness of their personhood, purpose, and calling within the context of the communities in which they live and study.
  • personal and social health.
  • an appreciation of the role of community in wellness.

Spiritual formation

  • a spiritual dimension by means of exposure to a reflective and caring Christ-centred community which encourages:
    • further understanding of God.
    • discovery of a deep and personal spiritual foundation.
    • an embodiment of a Christ-like way of life characterized by love for and service to others.

Social Responsibility and Global Engagement

  • the resources, skills, and motivation to become engaged global citizens who serve locally, nationally, and globally in socially and economically just ways.
  • a commitment to informed and ethical reasoning.
  • respect for the dignity and rights of all persons.
  • respect for creation and its sustainable use and care.


  • skills to become creative, collaborative, informed, competent, and compassionate people who influence the various contexts into which they are called.
  • abilities and attitudes characterized by service, humility and integrity.
Latest Revision adopted by University Senate March 10, 2015
Adopted by University Senate November 6, 2012