College of Arts & Letters Student Learning Outcomes

Art & Design (BA, BFA, BS, BSEd)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate fluency with formal vocabulary, artistic techniques and procedures of art practice.
  • Students will be able to communicate a critical understanding of past and present works of art and visual objects from a diversity of cultures.
  • As members of a broader community, students will be able to exhibit ethical leadership, community engagement and cultural competence.

Communication (BA, BS, BSEd)

  • Students will demonstrate the power of human communication in relationships and communities.
  • Students will apply appropriate theories to analyze and modify communication.
  • Students will construct effective messages for diverse audiences.

English (BA, BS, BSEd)

  • Students will understand, analyze, and effectively use the conventions of the English language.
  • Students will examine how texts function across a range of genres, contexts, and cultures.
  • Students will fulfill Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Mission by analyzing how their writing, reading, and research:
    • respond to existing leadership and help provide new leadership
    • represent cultures and encounters between, cultures
    • answer the needs of existing communities and creative new communities (or how these skills might be meaningfully applied in these areas

Media, Journalism & Film (BA, BS)

  • Students will be able to identify and demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of media.
  • Students will be able to analyze and critique a variety of media products, case studies and issues.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues related to the media.

Modern & Classical Languages (BA, BS, BSEd)

Classics
  • Students will demonstrate reading and writing skills in Latin (and, where applicable, Ancient Greek) consistent with standards with those observed in the Classics Assessment process which began in 1992.
  • Students will demonstrate an accurate understanding of linguistic concepts related to Latin (and, where applicable, Ancient Greek), including the fundamentals of phonetics, semantics, and morphology and syntax.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of key similarities and differences between their own cultural practices and perspectives and those of the ancient Romans and Greeks and the ability to express divergent cultural viewpoints clearly and accurately in speech and writing.
  • Students will articulate knowledge of major literary, artistic, and cultural works and figures associated with ancient Rome and Greece.
  • Students will analyze and interpret authentic texts and other cultural products, both in Latin (and, where applicable, Ancient Greek) and in translation in clearly organized and coherent oral and written presentations which reveal an informed understanding of relevant contextual factors, including socio-historical influences and cultural traditions, perspectives, and behavioral patterns.
  • Students will integrate proficiency in Latin (and, where applicable, Ancient Greek) proficiencies along with critical modes of thinking and expression to effectively perform tasks typical of today’s globalized work environment, including professional communications and project collaboration.
Modern Languages
  • Students will demonstrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the target language consistent with the Advanced levels as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Students will demonstrate an accurate understanding of linguistic concepts related to the target language, including the fundamentals of phonetics, semantics, and morphology and syntax, as well as basic pragmatic and sociolinguistic aspects.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of key similarities and differences between their own cultural practices and perspectives and those of target language groups and the ability to express divergent cultural viewpoints clearly and accurately in speech and writing.
  • Students will articulate knowledge of major literary, artistic, and cultural works and figures associated with target language societies.
  • Students will analyze and interpret authentic texts and other cultural products in clearly organized and coherent presentations in speech and writing in ways that reflect informed understanding of relevant contextual factors, including socio-historical influences and cultural traditions, perspectives, and behavioral patterns.
  • Students will integrate target language proficiencies, intercultural competencies, technology skills, and critical modes of thinking and expression to effectively perform tasks typical of today’s globalized work environment, including professional communications, translation, and project collaboration.

In addition to the above-stated learning outcomes, graduates of the Department’s Teacher Education programs (BSED degrees) will be able to

  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of pedagogical theories, foreign language teaching methods, best practices, and standards (institutional, state, and national) and the ability to apply them in ways that increase the language proficiency and cultural competence of their students.

Music (BA, BM, BME)

  • Students will demonstrate the understanding and use of public performance as a means for engaging communities, creating cultural awareness, and providing ethical leadership. (Public Affairs)
  • Music students will be able to perform as soloists, ensemble members, and chamber musicians at appropriate levels for entering graduate music study and for public school and studio teaching. (Performance)
  • Students will be able to create, analyze, and synthesize music as a means of supporting developing careers in music teaching and/or performance. (Theory and Musicianship)
  • Students will be able to recognize, classify, and interpret a common body of western literature and individual repertory by written and oral means. (Repertoire)
  • Students will be able to demonstrate teaching skills for individual studio and group settings for teaching and audience education purposes. (Pedagogy)

Theatre & Dance (BA, BFA, BSEd)

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process of production, including ethical collaboration.
  • Students will be able to analyze artistic endeavors through a cultural lens and demonstrate awareness of how cultural and historical context affects artistic choices.
  • Students from the Department of Theatre and Dance will be able to engage with various groups outside the department to enrich the life of the community.
  • In all departments, course syllabi will include applicable student learning outcomes.

 

Art & Design (MFA, MSEd)

Visual Studies
  • Students will produce a focused and significant body of work within their field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate professional competence/depth of knowledge within their field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding within their field of study.
  •  Students will demonstrate the ability to think independently.
  • Students will be able to integrate and synthesize information associated with their field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of current issues and developments that are influencing their field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate ability and potential for expansion and evolution of their field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate capabilities in the creation, dissemination, documentation of their work within the field of study.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
Art Education
  • This program is overseen by the College of Education.

Communication (MA, MS)

Communication
  • Graduate students will be able to identify ethical research processes.
  • Graduate students will be able to synthesize and evaluate research in an area of the field.
  • Graduate students would be able to construct, produce, and present original research.
  • Students will be able to read, understand, and apply communication and rhetorical theory.
Administrative Studies
  • Students will be able to read, understand, and apply communication theory and research to understand and resolve administrative challenges.

 

English (MA, MSEd)

English
  • Students will know the history of literature written in English, including literary periods and generic traditions.
  • Students will locate literary texts in their historical, cultural, and rhetorical contexts.
  • Students will employ literary terms and contemporary critical methodologies in the analysis of texts, appropriately using and citing secondary materials.
  • Students will employ advanced research methods with professional rigor.
  • Students will understand, analyze, and effectively use the conventions of the English language.
  • Students will demonstrate how narratives lead to the discovery of cultures in their specificities and diversity, and to the understanding of human beings in their similarities and differences.
  • Students will fulfill Missouri State University’s public affairs mission by analyzing how literature, writers, and literary institutions respond to existing leadership and provide new leadership.
  • Students will fulfill Missouri State University’s public affairs mission by analyzing how literature, writers, and literary institutions represent cultures and encounters between cultures
  • Students will fulfill Missouri State University’s public affairs mission by analyzing how literature, writers, and literary institutions answer the needs of existing communities and create new communities.
English Education
  •  Students will understand and utilize educational research methods.
  • Students will understand the history of educational philosophies in America and the impact of these philosophies on education.
  • Students will exhibit advanced skills in writing, critical reading, and the analysis of language and literature.
  • Students will fulfill Missouri State’s Public Affairs mission (Cultural Competence, Ethical Leadership, Civic Engagement) by applying their learning to current or future classroom teaching assignments.
  • Depending on their interests, graduates will be prepared for advanced teaching assignments at the secondary level or doctoral study.
Writing
  • Students will develop research skills used to study the teaching of writing or the practice of writing in business and industry.
  • Students will demonstrate competence as professionals in teaching and writing.
  • Students will increase their marketability as effective writing teachers or professional writers.

 Modern and Classical Languages and English (MS)

Applied Second Language Acquisition
  • Students will be able to describe in detail grammatical and linguistic features of the language studied.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of second language acquisition to case studies and specific populations.
  • Students will be able to analyze materials and assessments for their applicability to second language acquisition.
  • Students will be able to synthesize linguistic elements and language skills to enable proficiency development.
  • Students will be able to explain the significance of the perspectives and products of the target language as these contribute to the second language acquisition process.

Music (MM)

  • Students will demonstrate an advanced level of technical skill on an instrument or voice, an advanced ability to perform in an ensemble, advanced levels of confidence and stage presence, and aesthetic judgments at a professional level. (Performance Skills)
  • Students will show an advanced level of technical skill as either a composer or a conductor, in those degree emphases, with abilities to lead an ensemble as a conductor or to coach an ensemble as the composer of its literature. (Performance Skills for Composers and Conductors)
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to to hear, analyze, read, and/or write music at an advanced level. (Advanced Musicianship and Theory)
  • Students will demonstrate and relate an advanced knowledge of music literature, both for their individual specialties, and for the whole of music history. (Music Literature)
  • Students will acquire and use advanced knowledge of research, scholarly reading comprehension, and writing techniques. (Research Skills)
  • Students will acquire and synthesize knowledge of the theoretical, historical, pedagogical, and psychological foundations of music teaching and learning both in research and in the classroom. (Music Education Skills)

 

Theatre & Dance (MSEd)

Speech and Theater Education
  • This program is overseen by the College of Education.

 

 

 

 

Communication

Conflict and Dispute Resolution (Undergraduate)
  • Students will recognize the nature of conflict and its impact on interpersonal relationships and organizations
  • Students will demonstrate the role of communication in generating productive conflict outcomes and be able to use communication skills effectively in a range of specific conflict situations.
  • Students will apply a broad range of concepts, practical strategies and interventions in managing and resolving conflicts.
Conflict and Dispute Resolution (Graduate)
  • Students will recognize the nature of conflict and its impact on interpersonal relationships and organizations
  • Students will demonstrate the role of communication in generating productive conflict outcomes and to use communication skills effectively in a range of specific conflict situations.
  • Students will effectively utilize and apply conflict intervention strategies such as coaching, negotiation, mediation, and system design in the management and resolution of conflict.
  • Students will integrate and appropriately apply a broad range of theoretical concepts, processes and methodologies in analyzing, managing and resolving conflicts relevant to their emphasis of study.

English

Ozarks Studies (Graduate)
  • Students will study the diverse social, environmental, and cultural features of the Ozarks region.
  • Students will develop an awareness and appreciation for the history and culture of the Ozarks.
  • Students will increase their marketability for jobs in the Ozarks.
  • Students will express an intention to continue learning about the Ozarks region.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Graduate)
  • Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the structure of the English language to better teach it to English Language Learners.
  • Students will learn how to assess English Language Learners and teach them effectively in all aspects of language: speaking, listening, reading, writing.
  • Students will learn how to create, evaluate, and use English language teaching materials.
  • Students will learn how languages function socially and culturally to better teach English Language Learners.

Media, Journalism, and Film

Press Politics Certificate (Undergraduate)
  • Students will understand how political parties work in the public sphere. (PLS core)
  • Students will be able to critique/produce media reports about events, campaigns, people, and issues. (JRN/MED Core)
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze the link between media and public discourse in politics. (COM core)
Writing for Television and Film Certificate  (Undergraduate)
  • Students will be able to write in standard screenwriting format.
  • Students will be able to develop character-based stories, built around conflicts.
  • Students will be able to understand film and television structure.
  • Students will be exposed to “workshopping pages” and giving and receiving critical input on style, writing technique and structure.
  • Students will be able to outline and edit their own film or television projects.
Screenwriting for Television and Film Certificate (Graduate) 
  • Students will be able to express ideas fluently in standard screenwriting format at an advanced level.
  • Students will be able to craft character-based stories with clear conflicts at an advanced level.
  • Students will be able to analyze film and television structure at an advanced level.
  • Students will be able to workshop creative ideas an advanced level.
  • Students will complete full-length scripts that are geared toward a specific budget (whether Hollywood studio fare, student films, or anywhere in between).