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Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Liberal Arts Program Learning Outcomes

The Liberal Arts Program provides students with an engaging curriculum covering the arts, humanities and sciences. The program introduces and builds upon the Liberal Arts programmatic outcomes of critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, written communication, art historical awareness, historical awareness, cultural awareness, research and retrieval of information, employment communications and quantitative literacy. Courses highlight correlations between the subject of study and the major fields of art and design, giving students a relevant context in which to fulfill their general education requirements.

Graduates of the bachelors program will meet the following student performance criteria:

Critical Thinking and Analysis
Raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider different points of view, reach supported conclusions. Understand and define a problem or argument and apply acquired knowledge to generate solutions.

Written Communication
Write with conciseness and clarity and apply the conventions of standard written English to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.

Research and Retrieval of Information
Gather, assess, and apply relevant information and reference material in coursework.

Art Historical Awareness
Identify artwork from various periods and styles and make distinctions and connections among them through stylistic and cultural analysis. Analyze the ways art can affect and/or reflect cultural, political and humanistic issues and recognize how cultural context influences artistic development.

Historical Awareness
Develop and draw upon historical knowledge in order to analyze relevant historical and contemporary issues.

Cultural Ideas & Influences
Identify, interpret and analyze cultural ideas, influences and artifacts.

Quantitative Literacy
Recognize, comprehend, and generate quantitative information in a variety of representational forms.

Employment Communications and Practices
Demonstrate a basic understanding of current business practices by creating materials appropriate for seeking employment in the chosen field.

Oral Communication
Clearly present creative ideas and analytical information to a variety of audiences.