College of Humanities and Public Affairs Student Learning Outcomes

Anthropology (BA, BS, MS)

  • Students will demonstrate a solid foundation in the main subjects, concepts, issues, and methods of archeological, biological, cultural and linguistic anthropology.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical approaches to anthropology.
  • Students will be able to write a coherent essay on a topic in anthropology.
  • Students will be able to give an effective oral presentation on a topic in anthropology

Criminology and Criminal Justice (BA, BS, MS, MSAS)

  • Students will demonstrate academic proficiency in the core criminal justice areas (law enforcement, law and corrections).
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, using appropriate references and technologies.
  • Students will be able to assess the basic quality of research in criminology and criminal justice publications and other media.
  • Students will be able to evaluate ethical issues related to the criminal justice system and criminology.
  • Students will identify issues of diversity and human rights in relation to the workings of the criminal justice system and criminology.
  • Students will employ critical thinking skills when evaluating issues in criminology and criminal justice.

Defense & Strategic Studies (MS)

  • Students will be able to analyze timely and critical issues in international and national security affairs
  • Students will be able to engage effectively with public affairs issues and policies related to international and national security
  • Students will be able to contribute to informed public debate
  • Students will be able to present academic and intellectual resources to concerned civic groups and organizations

Economics (BA, BS)

  • Students will know how to make a rational choice using economic principles.
  • Students will be able to perform basic quantitative analysis using tools appropriate for the discipline.
  • Students will be able to conduct a literature review appropriate for the discipline of economics.
  • Students will be able to analyze articles on economic issues in the popular press using standard economic tools.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic functioning of the national and global economy.

History (BA, BSEd, MA, MSEd)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a breadth of training across historical time and space (Praxis).
  • Students will be able to develop an in-depth understanding of a field, theme or region (Praxis).
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an historical awareness of the diversity of the human experience across time and space (research papers).
  • Students will be able to apply, assess and debate the major historical schools of thought, methodology and types of sources that historians use to make original arguments (research papers).
  • Students will be able to formulate historical arguments and communicate those arguments in clear and persuasive prose.

Philosophy (BA, BS)

  • Students will be able to identify significant philosophical issues that arise within a variety of human activities.
  • Students will be able to analyze philosophical issues, uncovering the major implications of the problems involved.
  • Students will be able to critically assess and resolve the issues.

Political Science (BA, BS, MGS, MPA)

  • Students will develop and be able to demonstrate academic proficiency in the subfields of American Government and Politics, Comparative Government, International Relations, Public Administration, Political Theory, and Public Law.
  • Students will develop and be able to demonstrate skills in conducting as well as presenting research in political science
  • Students will develop and be able to demonstrate skills in analytical and critical thinking.

Religious Studies (BA, BS, MA)

  • Students will recognize and understand diverse manifestations of religion(s).
  • Students will demonstrate critical and creative cognitive skills while studying religion(s).
  • Students will demonstrate in both oral and written form their critical analyses and interpretations of religious phenomena

Sociology (BA, BS)

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of core sociological concepts
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of how to use theory to conceptualize a sociological problem
  • Students will develop an ability to use social scientific research methods to address sociological questions
  • Students will demonstrate  the ability to communicate sociological knowledge to others
  • Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be engaged members of the community