ENGLISH

As they proceed through the English degree program, students in all four tracks (creative writing, language arts education, literature and professional writing) will:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by employing strategies of inquiry, research (with appropriate citation), drafting, peer review, revision and editing in the development of thesis-driven writing projects.
2. Evaluate and respond to variations in audience, purpose, form and/or genre connected with written, oral, visual and/or digital communication.
3. Explore interactions among the diverse social and cultural contexts in which we study, teach and/or create texts.
4. Understand and apply diverse critical and theoretical approaches to the careful examination of texts.
5. Use discipline-specific technologies and presentation strategies for the public discussion and dissemination of research and writing.

Additionally, students with the creative writing track will:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in at least one creative genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and/or playwriting) at a publication or production level.
2. Employ common techniques, strategies, and processes for peer workshopping and editing of creative work.
3. Demonstrate an ability to situate one's own creative choices within a relevant aesthetic history and tradition.
4. Develop a professional understanding of submission, publication and production practices in creative writing.

Additionally, students with the language arts education (LAE) track will:
1. Situate specific texts/theories/genres within the history and development of English literature.
2. Contextualize specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language.
3. Evaluate and employ a variety of instructional methods.
4. Practice effective teaching techniques for classroom management.
5. Practice reflective teaching methods.

Additionally, students with the literature track will:
1. Situate specific texts/theories/genres within the history and development of English literature.
2. Contextualize specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language.

Additionally, students with the professional writing track will:
1. Evaluate and effectively employ rhetorical conventions that govern how we as a culture create, interpret and use texts in a range of situations (including academic, creative and professional communication).
2. Understand and replicate common print and/or web editorial, design and publication practices.

HISTORY

Students in the history major will:
1. Demonstrate the skills of a historian by conducting meaningful research using primary and secondary sources, including archival and database sources and other innovative sources, such as material culture, photos, film, television, etc. 
2. Demonstrate ability to competently craft written history using professional research methods. 
3. Demonstrate ability to effectively present historical research to an extra-departmental audience.

PHILOSOPHY

Students completing a BA in philosophy are expected to achieve learning outcomes in the following four primary areas:
Critical Analysis of Arguments
Effective Communication
Knowledge of Philosophical Topics
Developing Own Philosophical Views

Learning outcomes are further subdivided within these four areas.

Students in the philosophy major will:
1. Critically analyze arguments using the following manners:
    a. Symbolic logic.
    b. Inductive logic.
    c. Recognizing, constructing and evaluating arguments in the context of examining philosophical issues.
    d. Engaging respectfully with competing views in a manner that sustains discourse and communities.
    e. Discerning and assessing the value biases involved in social issues.
2. Effectively communicate the philosophical analysis of the given topic.
    a. Written Communication
    b. Oral Communication
3. Articulate the knowledge of the main branches of philosophy and western ancient philosophy.
    a. Metaphysics/Epistemology
    b. Ethics/Politics
    c. Western Ancient philosophy
4. Defend their own philosophical views on some area of philosophy by clarifying, developing and formulating arguments to support one’s own philosophical views.

RELIGION

Students in the religion major will:
1. Demonstrate their heightened religious literacy by means of demonstrating their knowledge in the following areas:
         a. Eastern religious traditions in their diversity.
         b. Western religious traditions in their diversity.
         c. A comprehension of history, beliefs, and practices of a religious tradition of the students' choosing.
2. Critically reflect on human religious life in the following manner:
         a. To be able to describe how the study of religion contributes to broader cultural discussions.

SPANISH

Students in the Spanish major will:
1. Speak Spanish in a way understandable to native speakers in everyday situations.
2. Understand the main ideas of spoken Spanish in a standard dialect in everyday situations.
3. Read with almost complete comprehension Spanish texts encountered in everyday situations as well as a variety of literary texts.
4. Write narratives, descriptions, and routine social correspondence in Spanish with a minimum of errors.
5. Discuss general knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic cultural traditions and express informed attitudes toward cultural differences.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Students in the youth ministry major will:
1. Demonstrate their heightened religious literacy by means of demonstrating their knowledge in the following areas:
    a. Eastern religious traditions in their diversity.
    b. Western religious traditions in their diversity.
    c. A comprehension of history, beliefs, and practices of a religious tradition of the students' choosing.
2. Critically reflect on human religious life in the following manner:
        a. To explain their own religious convictions in relation to religious diversity.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the practice of youth ministry in an internship setting.