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The Core Curriculum at Marshall University requires students to complete 9 hours of Core I courses: a First Year Seminar (FYS) and two courses with a critical thinking (CT) designation.  Together these courses introduce first year students to the nine Marshall University Learning Outcomes common to all majors at Marshall. While Core I is an introduction to the Marshall outcomes, students will continue to practice these outcomes throughout their degree programs and will demonstrate proficiency in these outcomes in the Capstone Experience.

  1. Communication
  2. Creative Thinking
  3. Ethical and Civic Thinking
  4. Inquiry-based Thinking
  5. Informational Literacy
  6. Integrative Thinking
  7. Intercultural thinking
  8. Metacognitive Thinking
  9. Quantitative Fluency


First Year Seminar

Taught by faculty drawn from across the university, FYS is an interdisciplinary seminar (22 students maximum) focusing on critical thinking. While each section may explore a different theme, all sections of the course emphasize problem solving and use student-centered, hands-on experiential activities and projects to address five of the nine Marshall Outcomes (outcomes #4 through #8).

Other Core I Courses

Students are required to complete six-hours of CT-designated courses with an emphasis on critical thinking and learner-centered course design.  Only 100- and 200-level courses are eligible to hold the CT-designation. These courses must meet the Criteria for CT Courses passed by the Faculty Senate.  New courses meeting these criteria may be created or existing courses may be modified to meet these criteria.  CT-designated courses may be offered by any department once the course is submitted through the university’s course addition or course change process.   The basic process for submitting CT courses for approval is outlined on the Faculty Senate website.

Adding CT-designated courses to your department’s curriculum:

  1. Complete the Course Addition forms available on the Faculty Senate/University Curriculum Committee website.
  2. For CT-designated courses, you must complete the Critical Thinking Designator Form.
  3. With the Course Addition form, the Critical Thinking Designator Form, and a copy of the syllabus, the proposed course addition can be submitted for approval in turn by the department, the Registrar, the college curriculum committee, the General Education Council and the University Curriculum Committee.

Modifying existing courses to create a CT-designated course:

  1. Complete a Course Change form available on the Faculty Senate/University Curriculum Committee website.
  2. Complete the Critical Thinking Designator Form.
  3. With the Course Change form, the Critical Thinking Designator form, and a copy of the syllabus, the proposed course change can be submitted for approval in turn by the department, the college curriculum committee, the General Education Council and the University Curriculum Committee.



Kilmann Diagnostics is dedicated to resolving conflict throughout the world, which is addressed in this online course by providing you with the deep knowledge and the practical tools for first surfacing the many hidden (usually false) assumptions about all key stakeholders and then revising the most important assumptions so they are totally in tune with today's fast-paced, interconnected, global village. Based on those up-to-date assumptions, members will now be able to make the best decisions and take effective action on their most challenging conflicts and problems. Be prepared to experience many eureka (aha) moments!


  • In a 6-hour recorded course, you'll hear Dr. Ralph Kilmann's crystal-clear voice explain how to surface and then revise the false assumptions behind your most cherished beliefs.
  • You'll first learn two different ways to explore whether an assumption is true or false. The Lockean approach is based on achieving agreement. The Hegelian approach is based on magnifying disagreement. These two "inquiring systems" map onto the TKI Conflict Model (as shown below), which reveals that each approach for discovering truth uses different conflict modes for managing agreement and disagreement among two or more people.
  • Dr. Kilmann then discusses why this kind of critical thinking is vital for resolving today's complex messes: Because there has been so much change in the world during the past few decades, most of us are unconsciously making assumptions about key stakeholders that once might have been true, but are now clearly false. 
  • By learning the method of assumptional analysis, however, you’ll be able to uncover and then revise your false assumptions, so your decisions and actions will now be based on today’s updated reality, not yesterday’s outdated fantasy.
  • After presenting the three stages of assumptional analysis (surfacing, classifying, and synthesizing assumptions), you'll have the opportunity to apply this method to a case study. Afterward, you'll be able to compare Dr. Kilmann's analysis to yours—which will give you a powerful learning opportunity. 
  • The course concludes with an assignment (and specially designed work sheets) so you can perform an assumptional analysis on this desired conclusion for a work group: "We can apply what we leaerned in this course back to the workplace."
  • This online course comes with a 98-page downloadable manual that includes an image of every presentation slide, Dr. Kilmann's personalized notes, reference material, a business case study, and Work Sheets for Assumptional Analysis.
  • Because this online course is recorded, you can watch it anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—either on a laptop computer or a mobile device. 
  • See several additionalUnique Benefits for taking our online courses!


The price for the 6-hour Critical Thinking Course is $400. At the bottom of this page, you can place this online course in your shopping cart and complete your purchase. If you'd like to upgrade to The Complete Program in the future, you'll receive full credit for this purchase via our Upgrade Path.

When you complete the purchasing process, you'll have instant access to this course for 90 days. During this period, you can (1) download the Course Manual and (2) watch this online course as often as you like.

To test your mastery of this course, take and pass the online Final Exam, which is included in your purchase. Within 48 hours of passing this exam, you'll receive the Certificate in the Critical Thinking Course. Passing this exam also counts toward your receiving the "Certificate in Conflict Management and Change Management," if you later upgrade to our course collection: The Complete Program.



The price of this online course for 1 to 4 persons is $400 each. The price for 5 or more persons is $325 each. At the bottom of this page, you can enter the quantity you wish to order. If you enter 5 or more courses, the total charge will be based on the group rate.

After you complete your checkout, download The Spreadsheet for Creating Group Accounts and follow the instructions. If you are purchasing the course for only one person, then fill out the spreadsheet for just this one person.

To learn how the members of any work group can blend this online course with live discussions, review these detailed steps: Blended Learning for the Critical Thinking Course.



Before you can purchase this course, you must first create a username account—or log in to your existing account. Once you have completed your purchase, remain logged into your account and click on My Online Courses on your username panel at the top left of our website. A new page will open that will provide a link for taking your online course.

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