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 (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)

  • 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.

 

 

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.

Criminology and Criminal Justice (MS, MSAS)

 

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 (MS)

  • 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)

 

Political Science (MGS)

 

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.