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Learning Objectives

Learning Outcomes are statements of the knowledge, skills and abilities individual students should possess and can demonstrate upon completion of a learning experience or sequence of learning experiences.

Historical Studies
  1. Students will demonstrate historical thinking through the contextual analysis of primary sources that addresses the nature and limits of historical evidence and engages in larger historical questions about past events, ideas, institutions, social structures, cultural practices and physical environment.
  2. Students will become aware of the various interpretations advanced and methods used in a given area of historical study.
  3. Students will learn to formulate, advance, and properly document historical arguments, drawing on appropriate primary and secondary sources and other research aids.
Literary Studies

All FSLT courses must satisfy the first objective and one of the three subsequent objectives:

  1. Students will demonstrate through their work their ability to apply a variety of interpretive frameworks appropriate to a particular analysis of verbal texts.
  2. Students will demonstrate through their work an understanding of the ways in which texts are created, distributed, and received to serve specific ends.
  3. Students will demonstrate through their work their ability to interpret and analyze texts in their cultural, historical, and experiential contexts.
  4. Students will demonstrate through their work their ability to interpret and analyze texts in relation to one another.
Natural Science
  1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of content material within the course discipline.
  2. Students will be able to recognize testable hypotheses, will demonstrate the ability to formulate good scientific hypotheses, and will understand how to design appropriate tests of hypotheses in a field-specific context.
  3. Students will analyze and interpret data using discipline-specific tools.
  4. Students will be able to interpret their knowledge in meaningful and appropriate ways as they draw conclusions about the significance of scientific data.
Social Analysis
  1. Students will be able to identify and describe major theories of social behavior.
  2. Students will be able to identify and describe empirical methods used to answer research questions about individual behavior.
  3. Students will be able to identify and describe empirical methods used to answer research questions about group behavior.
Symbolic Reasoning
  1. Students will learn to translate problems for treatment within a symbolic system.
  2. Students will learn to recognize the rules that govern a symbolic system and to apply those rules to obtain valid solutions.
  3. Students will learn to judge the reasonableness of solutions obtained within a symbolic system.
Visual and Performing Arts
  1. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts required within the discipline.  They will be able to identify and discuss formal elements of an artwork and to recognize traditions and conventions used in a variety of artworks within the discipline studied.
  2. Students will be able to analyze and interpret visual and/or performance artworks with a consideration of their cultural and historical contexts.
  3. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the creative process as well as the acquisition of the skills necessary to implement their creative choices.