Humanities

Purpose

The Humanities General Education Program provides for the study of fine arts, literature, humanities, drama, film, music, philosophy and foreign language which allows students the opportunity to learn specific methods for critically evaluating human values and conduct within historical and cultural contexts.

Educational Objectives

  • Foster intellectual curiosity, global knowledge, critical thinking, personal responsibility, and ethical and cultural awareness.
  • Prepare students to use language effectively.
  • Establish a framework for students to develop an aesthetic appreciation for fine arts.
  • Prepare students to be responsible citizens, lifelong learners, and world-ready leaders in their chosen fields.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Students from this program will be able to:

  1. Articulate significant social, literary, and political perspectives found in humanities.
  2. Critically analyze ideas and cultural values that have profoundly influenced Western culture, using appropriate support.
  3. Read and discuss humanistic works critically with significant reference to irony, symbolism, imagery, and interpretation.
  4. Identify or create key elements of individual expression within film and/or fiction writing.
  5. Explain how historical and social contexts influence various types of artistic expression.
  6. Identify and analyze universal themes reflected in the humanities.
  7. Identify and describe specific personal connections to literary themes in writing, using appropriate support, vocabulary, and first person point of view.

Summary of Student Learning Outcomes

During the 2012-13 academic year, the Humanities faculty formally assessed the student learning outcomes summarized in the attached annual report. Additional details can be found in department assessment records.