CoAS Undergraduate Program Level Outcomes

Upon degree completion, graduates of our programs will be able to...

Anthropology

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the field of anthropology
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with at least one other cultural, geographic or ethnographic region of the world;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the variety, variability and relativity of social categories and systems of meaning around the world;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate anthropological knowledge through writing and oral presentations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate existing ethnographic literature through the application of basic theoretical and methodological principles within anthropology;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply anthropological concepts to the understanding/critique of one’s own society and cultural practices;
  • Be able to design and carry out an ethnographic project that demonstrates an understanding of appropriate anthropological methods, as well as indicate the ability to critique other peoples’ anthropological research;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of anthropology and the development of the major theoretical perspectives of the discipline.

Biology

  • Attain a good functional knowledge of general biology content
  • Understand and be able to perform techniques relevant to modern biology
  • Critically read and analyze their own work and the biology literature with respect to global impact and experimental design
  • Communicate effectively in science
  • Understand how to conduct science in an ethical manner
  • Be prepared effectively for a career or future schooling in biology or related fields

Chemistry

  • Communicate scientific ideas effectively using scientifically relevant language.
  • Be resourceful and engage in critical and analytical thinking to solve problems.
  • Be facile with chemical computations.
  • Have an understanding of how atomic-and molecular-scale structure governs macroscopic properties and reactivity.
  • Have developed an appropriate set of laboratory skills.
  • Practice ethical and professional behavior as described in the American Chemical Society Guidelines.

Communications

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how communication in a variety of contexts is central to the human experience
  • Clearly and effectively develop, express, and defend their ideas in oral, written, visual, and electronic formats
  • Demonstrate and apply major communication concepts and theories and be conversant in communication literature
  • Demonstrate competence in applying major concepts and theories in the production [of professional] messages
  • Interpret the impact that changes in technology have on thinking, learning, remembering, and creating; and adapt new technology for new applications
  • Demonstrate fluency in a variety of communication methods; be able to locate, review, and evaluate existing literature; develop and hone research ideas; and conduct original research.
  • Demonstrate literacy concerning mass media institutions and structures; appreciate the vital role of media in sustaining democracy and an informed citizenry
  • Integrate awareness of diverse audiences, cultures, and contexts into students’ learning and professional experiences--this should include globalization.

Criminal Justice

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and current policies, practices, and processes of the primary institutional units of the criminal justice system. (criminal justice systems)
  • Analyze the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime, including the ability to apply and critique the major theories relevant to those causes. (criminology)
  • Identify the skills and methods used in criminal justice research: including legal analysis; criminal incident and scene analysis; in addition to social science methods, including primary and secondary data collection, analysis, interpretation and policy implications of data.  (methods and analysis)
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, while demonstrating basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice.  (communication)
  • Demonstrate competency in both the legal and professional standards that govern proper behavior and ethical responsibility in criminal justice vocational settings. (vocational standards and ethics)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of larger, complex societal forces, including social, political and economic systems that affect criminal justice trends and policy responses to crime. (larger social systems knowledge)
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity in our society at large and in the criminal justice system specifically. (social sensitivity and justice)
  • Identify, formulate, and solve problems both individually as well as part of group focused on specific problems or issues. (problem solving and group dynamic)

English

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major genres, authors and literary periods
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, writing and textual analysis skills
  • Demonstrate transferable research skills
  • Demonstrate strong analytical, communication, technological and writing skills that enable them to examine the relationships between literature and the world and  prepare them for careers or graduate work in the humanities, law, teaching, professional writing and other fields

English Language Center  [Intensive English Program – IEP]

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English at the advanced level, including knowledge of different sociolinguistic registers and contexts for language use
  • Demonstrate understanding of, and ability to adjust behavior to, the norms and expectations of the U.S. university classroom
  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to effectively participate in the language practices of U.S. higher education, including forms of reasoning, argumentation, and documentation
  • Demonstrate understanding of U.S. cultural and civic contexts and values
  • Demonstrate appreciation of and ability to communicate with people of different language and cultural backgrounds

Environmental Science [BEES]

  • Attain a good functional knowledge of general environmental science content
  • Understand and be able to perform laboratory and filed techniques relevant to modern environmental science
  • Critically read and analyze their own work and the environmental science literature with respect to global impact and experimental design
  • Communicate effectively in science
  • Demonstrate an understanding as to how to conduct science in an ethical manner
  • Be prepared effectively for a career or future schooling in environmental science or related fields

Environmental Studies

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key environmental issues facing our planet: including global climate change; air, soil and water quality; human, plant and animal ecosystems; and sustainable land use, transportation, food-agricultural systems.
  • Distinguish larger, complex societal forces, including social, political and economic systems that affect environmental trends and policy responses to environmental problems.
  • Apply the skills and methods in social and environmental and research. These include basic scientific method in ecological and earth sciences; as well as the social sciences, including, public policy; economics, politics; law; sociology; communications; and anthropology. Skills should include primary and secondary data collection, analysis, interpretation and the policy implications of data.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, while demonstrating basic knowledge of information technology as applied to environmental research and practice
  • Competently apply both the legal and professional standards that govern proper behavior and ethical responsibility in environmental employment settings. 
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity in our society at large and in the area of environmental justice specifically
  • Identify, formulate, and solve problems both individually as well as part of group focused on specific problems or issues. 

History

  • Demonstrate an expertise in using the research methods of history
  • Apply critical thinking skills for the consumption and interpretation of academic and nonacademic knowledge
  • Demonstrate informational and technological literacy
  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter of core content areas of research in history
  • Communicate empirical findings and critical analysis of research findings effectively in oral and written presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and report original research in history.
  • Demonstrate the application of ethical principles of research in history.

IAS

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of academic research methods, and use material from IAS 190 to good effect
  • Develop knowledge of US position in wider global context
  • Develop knowledge of world history, politics, and culture
  • Achieve an appropriate level of competence in at least one foreign language
  • Develop knowledge related to the IAS “track” chosen by the student: international business, justice and human rights, etc.
  • Compose substantial, well-thought-out papers on topics of global concern.
  • Tackle difficult material and distill its important points

Mathematics

  • Demonstrate acquired problems-solving skills in a broad range of significant mathematics    
  • Understand what constitutes mathematical thinking, including the ability to produce and judge the validity of rigorous mathematical arguments       
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce clear and valid proofs, key importance for graduate school
  • Demonstrate substantial computer programming skills
  • Use mathematics in their future endeavors, not only in the discipline of mathematics, but also in other disciplines.
  • Demonstrate their command of both mathematics and their ability to interact and convey this knowledge to others.

Modern Languages

  • Communicate effectively via spoken interaction
  • Analyze spoken communication to ensure comprehension
  • Develop written communication skills for structuring complex arguments
  • Demonstrate cultural competence for societies in which language is spoken
  • Apply research skills to present detailed written and oral arguments in target language
  • Demonstrate ethical reasoning in the development of arguments and research
  • Recognize and understand literary pieces from different literary periods

Philosophy

  • Structure their ideas coherently and express them in ways that are truthful and fair in both written and in spoken forms.
  • Employ the skills of logical analysis and appreciate the value and the conditions for rational argumentation, reasonable dialogue, and effective debate.
  • Read and interpret complex, nuanced texts and respond to them reflectively and critically in both written and spoken forms. 
  • Think for themselves, and appreciate the value of having a fuller, deeper perspective on life than is possible on the bases of the sciences and career pursuits.
  • Appreciate the impact of their own personal and social choices on the happiness, well-being and aspirations of others, and understand the forms ethical reasoning takes in general and in particular fields.
  • Understand the main questions, problems, concepts, and distinctions in the major fields of Western and or Eastern Philosophy, and pursue research in these areas.

Physics

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physics which include mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics
  • Demonstrate their ability to acquire, analyze and interpret experimental scientific data in core areas of physics and in complex problems
  • Demonstrate their analytic thinking and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate their ability to read, understand, and critically analyze the physical ideas presented in published textbooks and journal articles
  • Use computer algorithms and simulations to solve physics problems and test physical models
  • Demonstrate their ability to present information clearly, logically, and critically, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate both an understanding and the practical application of the ethical standards implicit in science, such as appropriate attribution of ideas, good recordkeeping, and truthful presentation of data and conclusions
  • Be fully prepared for graduate study in physics and/or research and professional careers in physical sciences, industry, and/or government

Political Science

  • Demonstrate an expertise in using the research methods of political science
  • Apply critical thinking skills for the consumption and interpretation of academic and nonacademic knowledge
  • Demonstrate informational and technological literacy
  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter of core content areas of research in political science
  • Communicate empirical findings and critical analysis of research findings effectively in oral and written presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and report original research in political science.
  • Demonstrate the application of the ethical principles of research in political science.

Psychology

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge base of psychology (e.g., familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, professional trends, explain why Psychology is a science, etc.)
  • Use the research methods and statistics of psychology (e.g., understand and apply basic methodology including design, data analysis, and interpretation)
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in psychology (e.g., respect and use critical/creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes)
  • Understand the application of psychology (e.g., understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and/or organizational issues)
  • Demonstrate appropriate informational technology literacy skills (e.g., competence at obtaining/researching professional information and using computers or other technology for professional/educational purposes)
  • Possess communication skills (e.g., communicate effectively in a variety of settings, use APA style effectively in empirically based reports, literature reviews, and theoretical papers)
  • Demonstrate sociocultural and international awareness (e.g., recognize, understand, respect sociocultural and international diversity)

Sociology

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of sociological theory
  • Apply a basic knowledge of sociological research methods to sociological investigations
  • Articulate a basic knowledge of substantive fields of study within sociology
  • Be a critical reader of sociological research and scholarship
  • Be a critical student of real world social issues and problems
  • Design and carry out sociological research and data collection
  • Analyze and communicate research findings