College of Humanities and Public Affairs Student Learning Outcomes

Anthropology (BA, BS)

  • 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)

  • 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.

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)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a breadth of training across historical time and space.
  • Students will be able to develop an in-depth understanding of a field, theme or region.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an historical awareness of the diversity of the human experience across time and space.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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. 
  • Students will possess analytical skills in areas such as policy analysis, administration/management, communication, quantitative analysis and problem solving.

 

 

Administrative Studies, Criminal Justice & Homeland Security Options (MSAS)

  • Students will be able to read, understand, and balance the budget for the organizations in which they are employed.
  • Students will understand and practice appropriate legal/regulatory and ethical issues in the context of the work environment.
  • Students will be able to select, train, evaluate, and terminate employees under their supervision.
  • Students will design research projects to collect information to assess the effectiveness of current practices, and interpret the results of a statistical analysis of data, and use this to make informed decisions.
  • Students will be able to identify and employ effective communication appropriate to the work environment.
  • Students will understand, utilize, and adapt to the technologies common in their work environments.
  • Students will understand the culture, behavior, diversity and structure of organizations.
  • Students will understand the basics processes of grant writing and grant administration.

Anthropology (MS)

 

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the variety of ways in which anthropology is applied.
  • Students will show expertise in at least one domain of application of anthropology (e.g., cultural resource management, health and medicine, and development).
  • Students will have an understanding of the theoretical foundations of anthropology.
  • Students will have a working knowledge of methods and techniques employed in applied research.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical foundations and expectations of professional anthropologists.
  • Students will show expertise in a relevant skill (e.g., a foreign language, statistics, GIS, film production or web design).
  • Students will have the ability to prepare research proposals, grant applications, professional reports, and academic papers.
  • Students will have experience working in an agency or organization in an applied, professional capacity.
  • Students will have the ability to give clear and effective presentations.
  • Students will have the ability to design, conduct, and report on an archaeological or ethnographic research project.

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.

Global Studies (MGS)

  • Students will possess analytical skills in such areas as policy analysis, administration/management, communication, quantitative analysis, and problem solving.
  • Students will exhibit proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Students will be well-prepared to pursue careers in both public and private sector institutions.
  • Students will have an understanding of global perspectives.
  • Students will understand and appreciate the diversity of international affairs and be able to help solve the problems faced by the global community.

History (MA, MSEd)

History Program
  • Students will develop an understanding of historiography, the historical method, and history as an academic discipline.
  • Students will develop advanced knowledge in one or more scholarly fields in the study of history.
  • Students will utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of history.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in history.
  • Students will communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Secondary Education History Program
  • Students will develop an understanding of historiography, the historical method, and history as an academic discipline.
  • Students will develop advanced knowledge in one or more scholarly fields in the study of history.
  • Students will utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of history.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in history.
  • Students will communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Public Administration (MPA)

  • Students will be able to lead and manage in public governance.
  • Students will participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  • Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • Students will articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Students will be able to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Religious Studies (MA) 

  • Students will develop advanced knowledge in one or more scholarly fields in the study of religion.
  • Students will utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of religion.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in religion.
  • Students will communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

 

 
Homeland Security and Defense
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to think and act critically, pragmatically, and strategically about homeland security and defense issues.
  • Students will understand, critically analyze and articulate, the multidisciplinary perspectives of homeland security and defense.
  • Students will be able to design, implement, and evaluate homeland security-related strategies, policies and plans at different levels of government or the private sector.
  • Students will understand and be able to identify the inter- and multi-disciplinary relationships needed to better prevent and mitigate the impact of terrorism or disaster upon a community, region, state, or nation.
  • Students will be able to advance homeland security knowledge, methodology, and thinking in such a way that America’s infrastructure and citizenry will be more secure against 21st century threats.
  • Students will be able to identify and assess potential terror, accident, and disaster threats to the American homeland.
  • Students will become proficient in identifying and utilizing information sources for critical issues in homeland security and defense.
Public Management
  • Students will be able to lead and manage in public governance.
  • Students will participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  • Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions.
  • Students will articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Students will be able to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
Religious Studies for the Professions
  • Students will develop advanced knowledge in one or more scholarly fields in the study of religion.
  • Students will utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of religion.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in religion.
  • Students will communicate effectively both orally and in writing.