Analytical and Critical Thinking

Analytical & Critical Thinking is among the ten Core Competencies you develop in CLA that employers and alumni tell us matter most.

In a world that springs new challenges at you faster than ever before, you’ll be able to quickly parse the facts from the noise—and plot a course for success.


Analytical & Critical Thinking comprehensively explores issues, ideas, knowledge, evidence and values before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

Those competent in Analytical & Critical Thinking:

  • Recognize there may be more than one valid point of view
  • Evaluate an issue or problem based on multiple perspectives, while accounting for personal biases
  • Identify when information is missing or if there is a problem, prior to coming to conclusions and making decisions

CLA Alumni Explain Analytical & Critical Thinking