College of Arts & Letters Student Learning Outcomes

 Art & Design (BA, BFA, BS, BSEd, MSEd)

  • 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, MA)

  • 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, MA)

  • 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, MM)

  • 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, MA, MSEd)

  • All graduates from the Department of Theatre and Dance will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process of production, including ethical collaboration.
  • All graduates from the Department of Theatre and Dance will be able to analyze artistic endeavors through a cultural lens and demonstrate awareness of how cultural and historical context affects artistic choices.
  • All graduates 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.