Student Learning Outcomes


  • Understanding of the diversity of cultural values reflected in different patterns of social and political organization and systems of communication (symbolic and linguistic).
  • The ability to think critically and to apply the scientific method in the various sub-fields of the discipline (cultural, biological, archaeology, linguistics, and applied).
  • Understanding of the complex and interrelated processes of change (biological and cultural evolution, diffusion, colonialism, globalization) both within cultures and across cultural boundaries.
  • A solid grasp of the relevance of anthropology to present-day policy and social issues such as human rights, health, historical preservation, conservation, economic development, language use, and cultural practices. 
  • Practical skills needed to assume the roles and responsibilities of a productive member of an increasingly global society (oral and written skills, research and library skills, technical computer skills) through classroom assignments, fieldwork, and professional service opportunities. 


Art History Concentration

  • Recognition of art from a diverse number of periods, cultures, and civilizations. 
  • ƒƒExperience with the materials and working methods of artists. 
  • ƒƒStudy of at least one foreign language. 
  • ƒƒThe ability to find information in the library using both traditional and online resources. 
  • ƒƒRecognition of different methods of interpretation. 
  • ƒƒUse of the vocabulary and language of visual analysis. 
  • ƒƒUnderstanding of the relationship of art to other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. 
  • ƒƒOral presentation of information and ideas to a group. 
  • ƒƒWritten presentation of information and ideas in a formal research paper. 

Art Studio Concentration

  • Perceptual and technical skills and basic fundamentals in a variety of media and have depth of knowledge in one or more studio areas. 
  • ƒƒFamiliarity with the history of visual ideas, vocabulary, and the language of visual analysis. 
  • ƒƒUtilization of new technological advances where appropriate. 
  • ƒƒProblem solving abilities, individual intuition, creativity, and vision. 
  • ƒƒThe importance of locating the functions of art in current and historical cultural contexts. 
  • ƒƒIntegration of knowledge gained in both studio and art history courses. 

Criminology & Social Justice

  • Think critically about crime, justice, as well as the process and significance of criminalization (the social process by which we construct what counts as crime, who commits it and who is implicated in it).
  • Appreciate diverse conceptions of justice.
  • Critically analyze the relationship be- tween systems of oppression (white suprem- acy, economic inequality, gendered relations of ruling, heteronormativity, etc) and crime, violence and the criminal justice system.
  • Apply an intersectional framework to criminological problems.
  • Devise sophisticated solutions to prob- lems of crime, addiction, violence and justice.
  • Formulate appropriate research designs and analytic techniques to answer questions of significance to critical criminology.
  • Effectively communicate through oral and written methods.


  • Use intersectional analysis to examine social issues. 
  • Explain prominent debates in critical social theory. 
  • Examine gendered, racialized, and/or sexualized relations in a transnational context. 
  • Link theory to practice. 
  • Write effectively within scholarly contexts. 
  • Articulate the relationship between social justice movements and history. 

Dance Studies

  • Use intersectional analysis to examine social issues.
  • ƒƒExplain prominent debates in critical social theory. 
  • ƒƒExamine gendered, racialized, and/or sexualized relations in a transnational context. 
  • Link theory to practice.
  • ƒƒWrite effectively within scholarly contexts.
  • ƒƒArticulate the relationship between social justice movements and history. 


  • The ability to read and explicate written English precisely. 
  • ƒƒAnalysis of literature from several critical perspectives. 
  • ƒƒMeaningful use of literary, linguistic, theoretical, and rhetorical terminology. 
  • ƒƒAn awareness of structures of power in language, literature, and culture. 
  • Stimulating and effective writing in a variety of genres according to the accepted conventions of English studies. 
  • ƒƒKnowledge of literary movements and writers from a range of historical periods and cultural frameworks. 
  • The ability to understand and perform rhetorical strategies to inform, persuade, and argue. 

Environment & Community MA

  • Skills to analyze the environmental con- sequences of economic and political struc- tures and decisions.
  • ƒTools to addressissues of race, class, and gender in environment-community relation- ships.
  • ƒAn understanding of community, place, and sense of place.
  • ƒKnowledge of and experience in diverse approaches to social science research and action.
  • ƒInsight from case studies that offer a problem-solving approach to learning.
  • Preparation for careers in teaching, government, community, and environmental organizations.
  • ƒAn ethic of service and civic engagement.

Environmental Studies

  • Demonstrate understanding of how environmental challenges involve multiple perspectives and social contexts, and recognize the role of power and privilege in shaping them.
  • Demonstrate literacy with earth systems.
  • Use humanistic, creative, and social scientific.
  • Knowledge to understand environmental challenges.
  • Understand how different research methods lead to diverse environmental knowledges.
  • Critically evaluate normative claims about and representations of the environment.


  • Fundamental aesthetically-driven technical skills essential to 16mm filmmaking and/ or digital media production. 
  • Development of films grounded in ethical storytelling and production processes. 
  • ƒƒApplication of creative problem solving and collaborative practices in their work. 
  • ƒƒIntegration of film vocabulary and/or analyze global film studies. 
  • ƒƒSynthesis of knowledge with skills through the creation and completion of short films. 
  • Steeped within the traditions of independent filmmaking, students learn the fundamentals of fiction and non-fiction film production techniques through a production-based program inspired by independent motion picture production and creative avenues through evolving digital technologies. Our curriculum integrates hands-on production work with film studies grounded in a liberal arts education that fosters ethical storytellers who artfully explore the human condition in creative ways. 

French & Francophone Studies

  • Analysis, acknowledgement, and respect of cultural expressions and worldviews of others. 
  • The capacity to be responsible, productive and compassionate global citizens in a fragile world. 
  • Cultural and linguistic competency. 
  • The ability to collaboratively formulate and solve problems. 
  • Independent and critical thinking. 


  • Collect data; know where to acquire such and what technology should be employed. 
  • ƒƒLayout and design best geographics. 
  • ƒƒDevelop and apply information literacy. 
  • ƒƒUnderstand causes and implications of spatial interactions and movement patterns. 
  • Demonstrate skills and competencies of geographic traditions. 
  • ƒƒAnalyze, synthesize, and interpret spatial information. 
  • ƒƒApply geographic thinking in real-world contexts. 
  • ƒƒAnalyze and/or appraise real-world societal issues. 


  • Locate diverse types of historical evidence; evaluate credibility, position or perspective; and determine how to use appropriately. 
  • ƒƒPlace primary and secondary sources in appropriate historical and historiographical context, with attention to the chronology, geography (local, national, and global), culture and methodology. 
  • ƒƒDevelop a body of historical knowledge with range and depth that recognizes the causes and consequences of continuity and change over time. 
  • ƒƒBe able to understand and evaluate different perspectives and arguments, engaging with the ideas of other historians and citing them appropriately. 
  • ƒƒCreate a research question, conduct effective and wide-ranging research to procure evidence, formulate a persuasive analytical argument, and communicate it effectively in a written or oral format. 
  • ƒƒApply historical knowledge and analysis to contribute to contemporary social dialogue and to life-long learning and critical habits of mind essential to an effective and engaged citizenship. 

International Studies

  • The ability to analyze regional and global issues from economic, political, and cultural perspectives. 
  • Linguistic competency in a second language. 
  • ƒƒCultural competency in diverse international environments. 
  • ƒƒThe ability to gather information and use interdisciplinary analysis skills to critically evaluate regional and global issues. 
  • ƒƒProficiency in formal written and oral communication. 
  • ƒƒskills required to build an international career. 


  • Knowledge of media laws and First Amendment rights and limitations. 
  • ƒƒThey understand how media professionals, institutions, and industries produce and shape the news. 
  • ƒƒThey understand ethical principles related to mass media. 
  • ƒƒThey are able to gather information from diverse sources. 
  • ƒƒThey can write clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences, and purposes they service. 
  • ƒƒThey can critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness. 
  • ƒƒThey can tell non-fiction stories across media forms using visual and audio tools and technologies. 


  • The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music; rhythm, melody, harmony, and structure.
  • Familiarity with and an ability to perform a wide selection of musical literature representing principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.
  • Ability in performance areas appropriate to their needs, interest, and degree path. 
  • For students wishing to pursue music as a career, the department is committed to helping: perfect skills as a performer or leader, study the rich legacy and tradition of music literature and history, identify, understand, and use the concepts which underlie and give order to the study of music, and prepare for graduate study or for a career in a music-related field.  

Native American Studies

  • Knowledge of and the ability to communicate significant information regarding Native American cultures, histories, federal and tribal law and government, community development, language and tradition, stewardship, sovereignty, and other issues affecting life in Indian country, especially from a Native American perspective. 
  • Ability to research issues affecting life in Indian Country by using primary and secondary sources. 
  • ƒƒAbility to explain the concept of tribal sovereignty, and understand the development and importance of modern tribal governments. 
  • ƒƒKnowledge of Indigenous environmental relationships through an awareness of diverse Indigenous cultural and scientific perspectives, and the importance of protection of sacred and historical sites. 
  • ƒƒAbility to recognize the scope of tribal sovereignty as it relates to tribal, federal, and international law (legislative and judicial), including the structure of federal/tribal relationships, indigenous autonomy, and self-governing behaviors. 


  • Define concepts and use traditional vocabulary of philosophy. 
  • ƒƒUse the logical methods of analysis to critically assess philosophical arguments. 
  • ƒƒApply methods of philosophy to specific issues and problems. 
  • ƒƒIdentify, articulate, and evaluate philosophical arguments. 

Political Science

  • Knowledge of political theories, institutions, and processes in the U.S. and internationally. 
  • ƒƒThe ability to identify, access, read, and evaluate political science research.
  • ƒƒThe ability to critically analyze social, political, and environmental challenges facing contemporary polities, using support from appropriate sources. 
  • ƒƒKnowledge of the practice of politics through experience and reflection on their experience in relation to social responsibility, sustainability, and/or the obligations of citizenship in a globalized world. 
  • Proficiency in written and oral communication. 

Religious Studies

  • Students will demonstrate religious literacy, recognizing and understanding diverse cultural expressions as they appear in contexts of religious traditions, sacred texts, international and domestic politics, the arts, and their own interpersonal relationships. 
  •  Students will practice authentic self-reflection and decision-making as they determine for themselves matters concerning belief, practice, values, meaning, and purpose in their lives. 
  •  Students will master phenomenological approaches to the understanding of religious and cultural variation, enabling them to engage diversity directly, with both generosity and justice. 
  •  Through their work in classes, but also in extra-curricular activities, students will manifest sound professionalism in such matters as time management, attendance, fulfillment of responsibilities, the ability to follow directions, comportment, and courtesy. 


  • The ability to think critically about social justice efforts and inequalities in communi- ties and environments
  • A solid foundation in sociological theory ƒ the ability to make linkages between empirical data and theoretical concepts
  • ƒDevelopment of appropriate research designs and instruments to answer socio- logical questions
  • Application of appropriate techniques to the analysis and presentation of data
  • The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Sociology MA

  • A solid foundation in sociological theory. 
  • A solid foundation in sociological methods. 
  • ƒƒProfessional socialization, including an understanding of social justice and ethical issues. 
  • ƒƒHands-on experience in either practicing or teaching sociology. 


  • Analysis, acknowledgement, and respect of cultural expressions and worldviews of others. 
  • ƒƒThe capacity to be responsible, productive and compassionate global citizens in a fragile world. 
  • ƒƒCultural and linguistic competency. 
  • ƒƒThe ability to collaboratively formulate and solve problems.
  • ƒƒIndependent and critical thinking. 

Theatre Arts

  • Appropriate use of foundational vocabulary and knowledge of history in effective written work. 
  • ƒƒApplication of fundamental concepts of theatre performance, design, and technology through class projects and exams.
  • ƒƒUse of theatre knowledge to analyze projects and appropriately contribute to theatre productions. 
  • Evaluation of their own and others; project oriented work and productions. 
  • ƒƒCreation of new designs, scripts, interpretations, and solutions as demonstrated through classroom and outside projects. 
  • ƒƒThe ability to apply principles of effective communication and collaboration as demonstrated in course work and productions.