Humanities Department Goals
- Investigate topics using interdisciplinary approaches;
- Appreciate, understand and celebrate diversity, while knowing how to identify and bracket one's own cultural bias;
- Think critically and creatively, without fear to question authority and to express rational skepticism;
- Understand creations of the human imagination and intellect;
- Synthesize various forms of knowledge to solve aesthetic, social and cultural problems;
- Read, write and speak as members of the educated public and as citizens unafraid to face controversy;
- Develop and integrate performance and research skills;
- Become concerned and involved citizens, speaking on controversial issues and acting to influence the course of history.
Learning Objectives - BA Liberal Studies
In the process of engaging in critical inquiry on events, objects, problems or issues of contemporary and/or historical significance, students will demonstrate the ability to:
- utilize relevant resources from at least three or more disciplines in the course of a single project
- utilize at least three different and relevant information resources (for example, books, journal articles, interviews, electronic media, pamphlets, maps, magazines, videos, works of art, etc.)
- demonstrate understanding of relevant past dialogue on their topics;
- demonstrate understanding of the relevant ethical dimensions of their topics;
- identify and demonstrate appreciate of the multiple perspectives on their topics arising from cultural differences;
- construct a logical, coherent, and persuasive argument that includes a clear thesis and clear premises;
- present and discuss ideas via multiple modalities (written work, verbal communication, presentations, electronic media, works of art, lessons taught, service learning, community activism, etc.); and
- exhibit a personal critical perspective and a sense of intellectual independence.
Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation students will be able achieve all the above objectives while engaged in critical inquiry on topics related to K-12 education. In addition, they will also be able to:
9. successfully plan lessons for K-12 classrooms; and
10. successfully implement lessons in K-12 classrooms.