Mission & Educational Goals

The mission of the university is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the university's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

To these ends, the faculty has selected the following goals to emphasize in the undergraduate curriculum:

  1. the ability to think logically, analytically, and independently;
  2. the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
  3. the ability to learn on one's own;
  4. breadth of learning in the form of familiarity with a variety of academic fields and potential interests;
  5. depth of knowledge in a single field in order to know a sense of the power that comes with learning;
  6. an understanding of the interrelationships among the various fields of knowledge and the significance of one discipline for another;
  7. an acknowledged set of personal values; and
  8. informed appreciation of self and others as part of a broader humanity in the world environment