What You Will Learn
Student Learning Objectives

Art | Behavioral Sciences | English | Foreign Languages and International Studies |
History and Political Science | Music | Speech, Theatre, and Journalism
   

Art Department

Art

  • Identify and effectively apply the use of visual arts concepts and vocabulary in verbal and written formats.
  • Objectively participate in class critiques and respond positively to constructive criticism.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of art tools, materials, and Technology appropriate to the field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary art trends, major artist's works, and historical movements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professionalism required of a serious student of art and develop a substantive portfolio.

Art Education

  • The art education candidate will Identify and effectively apply the use of visual art concepts and vocabulary in verbal and written formats.
  • The art education candidate will demonstrate proficiency in the use of art tools, materials, technology appropriate to the field of art education.
  • The art education candidate will demonstrate understanding of contemporary art trends, major artists’ works and historical movements.
  • The art education teacher education candidate will demonstrate knowledge of planning a substantive unit of instruction developmentally appropriate to grade level and linked to national standards in the visual arts.
  • The art teacher education candidate will demonstrate the professional ability to implement a unit of instruction through effectively setting clear goals and objectives, demonstrating art skills/ processes, integrating critical thinking, pacing tasks, applying appropriate assessment, and engaging in reflective practice.
  • The art teacher education candidate will develop a substantive portfolio providing evidence of successful student learning outcomes from internship involvement at both the elementary and secondary levels.

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Department of Behavioral Sciences

Psychology (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Students will express interest in and increase participation in professional presentation and research symposiums.
  • Psychology students will increase interest in and seeking acceptance into graduate programs.
  • Psychology students should demonstrate oral and written communication skills at an acceptable level.

Psychology (Master’s Degree)

  • Graduate students will demonstrate an understanding of theories and methods in psychological areas both applied and experimental. Success will be reflected in performance on papers and presentations in graduate-level courses. Specifically, students will be able to demonstrate proper use of APA style, substantive understanding of materials and applications, depth and breadth of literature reviews, appropriate use of methodological and statistical techniques, and ability to orally present information and lead discussions.
  • Students will express interest in and increase participation in professional presentations, research symposiums, and peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrate proficiency in and understanding of different types of research methods in psychology, including all aspects of planning and conducting a project.

Rehabilitation Science

  • Students should demonstrate oral and written communication skills at an acceptable level and express satisfaction with such abilities.
  • Students will express interest in and increase participation in professional presentation and research symposiums.
  • Students will increase interest in and seeking acceptance into graduate programs.
  • 1.  The program will conduct a yearly meeting with the Advisory Committee; 2. Every year surveys will be sent to graduates from the previous 3 years, where surveys will be used to assess student feedback on program effectiveness; and 3.  Every year a focus group will be held with graduating RSA Scholars, where qualitative data collected will be used to measure student satisfaction and perceived competencies.

Sociology

  • Sociology students should demonstrate oral and written communication skills at an acceptable level and express satisfaction with such abilities.
  • Students will express interest in and increase participation in professional presentation and research symposiums.
  • Sociology students will increase interest in and seeking acceptance into graduate programs.

Anthropology (Minor Option)

   

Criminal Justice (Minor Option)

   

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Department of English

English (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Ability to understand and analyze a wide range of print and non-print texts.
  • Ability to write clear and effective expository and argumentative prose.
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Familiarity with major figures, works and movements of British and American literature.
  • Familiarity with a variety of interdisciplinary critical approaches.
  • Awareness of the ways in which cultural factors affect both what we read and how we read it.

English Education (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Ability to understand and analyze literary a wide range of print and non-print texts.
  • Ability to write clear and effective expository and argumentative prose.
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Familiarity with major figures, works and movements of literature written in English.
  • Familiarity with the structure, history, and uses of the English language.
  • Familiarity with a variety of interdisciplinary critical approaches.
  • Familiarity with the practices of oral, written, and visual literacy.
  • Familiarity with different composing processes.
  • Familiarity with different reading processes.
  • Awareness of the ways in which cultural factors affect both what we read and how we read it.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students of differing ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender, and ability.
  • Ability to cultivate and evaluate student writing.
  • Ability to engage students in making meaning of texts through personal experience.

Creative Writing (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Ability to use diction, images, and figures of speech effectively in creative writing.
  • Ability to use point of view, characters, dialogue, setting, and plot effectively in their creative writing.
  • Ability to write poems in a variety of forms.
  • Ability to write clear and effective expository and argumentative prose.
  • Ability to critique their own and others writing.
  • Experience with the editing and production of a literary magazine.
  • Ability to understand and analyze a wide range of print and non-print texts.
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Familiarity with major figures, works and movements of British and American literature.
  • Familiarity with a variety of interdisciplinary critical approaches.
  • Awareness of the ways in which cultural factors affect both what we read and how we read it.

Creative Writing Education (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Ability to use diction, images, and figures of speech effectively in creative writing.
  • Ability to use point of view, characters, dialogue, setting, and plot effectively in their creative writing.
  • Ability to write poems in a variety of forms.
  • Ability to write clear and effective expository and argumentative prose.
  • Ability to critique their own and others writing.
  • Experience with the editing and production of a literary magazine.
  • Ability to understand and analyze a wide range of print and non-print texts.
  • Ability to conduct research and use it effectively.
  • Familiarity with major figures, works and movements of literature written in English.
  • Familiarity with a variety of interdisciplinary critical approaches.
  • Familiarity with the practices of oral, written, and visual literacy.
  • Familiarity with different composing processes.
  • Familiarity with different reading processes.
  • Awareness of the ways in which cultural factors affect both what we read and how we read it.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with students of differing ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender, and ability.
  • Ability to cultivate and evaluate student writing.
  • Ability to engage students in making meaning of texts through personal experience.

English (Master’s Degree)

  • Demonstrated mastery of significant American and British literary works.
  • Ability to generate writing that demonstrates advanced analysis and synthesis.
  • Ability to conduct original research.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with a variety of interdisciplinary critical approaches.

English Education (Master’s Degree)

   

Teaching English as a Second Language (Master’s Degree)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of TESL methodology.
  • Ability to generate writing that demonstrates an advanced ability to analyze and synthesize.
  • Ability to conduct original research.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linguistic theories of second language acquisition.
  • Demonstrated awareness of how cultural factors affect second language acquisition.

Liberal Arts (Master’s Degree)

   

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Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies

Foreign Language (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Students completing the undergraduate program in Spanish should demonstrate oral proficiency in Spanish at the Advanced Low Level through the taking of the OPI oral exam and as indicated in the current ACTFL guidelines.  

  • Students completing the undergraduate program in Spanish should demonstrate the skills necessary to develop a topic in the form of an essay in Spanish.

  • COMMUNICATION:
    1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

  • COMMUNICATION:
    1.2 Students should understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

  • 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

  • 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

  • 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

  • 4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

  • 4.2 Students demonstrate understanding
    of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

  • 5.1 Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

  • 5.2 Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

  • Students demonstrate mastery of significant literary works in the target language. This can be reached through studies in 3223, 4213, and 4223.

Foreign Language Education (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Students completing the undergraduate program in the Teacher Education program should demonstrate oral proficiency in the target language at the Advanced Low Level as indicated in the current ACTFL guidelines.

  • Students completing the undergraduate program in the Teacher Education program and should demonstrate the skills necessary to develop a topic in the form of an essay in the target language.

  • COMMUNICATION:
    1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

  • COMMUNICATION:
    1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

  • 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

  • 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

  • 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

  • 4.1 Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

  • 4.2 Students demonstrate understanding
    of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

  • 5.1 Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

  • 5.2 Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

  • Students demonstrate mastery of significant literary works in the target language.  This can be reached through studies in 3223, 4213, 4223 and 4283.

International Studies (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • Students demonstrate good communication skills in English.

  • Students demonstrate good communication skills in the target foreign language.

  • Students demonstrate appropriate cultural and behavioral skills and conduct themselves in an ethical manner.

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of a discipline (concentration) that may serve as preparation for a professional career.

  • Demonstrate marketability of international studies majors.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture(s) studied.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

  • Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

  • Students demonstrate understanding
    of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

  • Students use the language and the knowledge of culture, both within and
    beyond the school setting.

  • Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language and the knowledge of culture for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Foreign Language (Master’s Degree)

  • Students demonstrate ability to conduct original research.

  • Students demonstrate competence in oral and written Spanish.

  • Students demonstrate familiarity with major literary theories.

  • Students demonstrate mastery of significant Spanish American literary works.

  • Students demonstrate mastery of significant Peninsular literary works.

  • Graduates of the program demonstrate marketability.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.

  • Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through the foreign language.

  • Students acquire information through active research and in class and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its cultures.

  • COMPARISONS: Concept of Culture Students demonstrate understanding
    of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

  • Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.

  • COMMUNITIES: School and Community Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

  • Students show evidence of becoming lifelong learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.

Teaching English as a Second Language (Master’s Degree)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of TESL methodology.

  • Ability to generate writing that demonstrates an advanced ability to analyze and synthesize.

  • Ability to conduct original research.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of linguistic theories of second language acquisition.

  • Demonstrated awareness of how cultural factors affect second language acquisition.

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Department of History and Political Science

History and Political Science (Bachelor’s Degree)

  • The student will experience an immersion in historical reasoning and knowledge of the past that includes an understanding of the development of human society and culture, as well as the interrelationships between causation and change.

  • The student will experience an immersion in American political and economic systems, political processes, and foreign relations practices.  In addition, students will gain an understanding of American political institutions, as well as mass and elite political behavior.

  • Students completing the history and political science program should demonstrate the ability to gather, analyze, evaluate, and integrate relevant information.

  • Students completing the history and political science program should demonstrate the ability to draw informed and reasoned (or logical) conclusions about the subject matter.

  • Students completing the history and political science program should demonstrate the ability to present their research findings in a coherent and convincing manner.

  • Students completing the history and political science program should demonstrate the ability to state a thesis or hypothesis and defend and test it.

  • Students completing the history and political science program should demonstrate the ability to gather, organize, and synthesize appropriate information to draw reasonable conclusions.

  • Students completing the history and political science program should demonstrate the ability to acknowledge and cite sources for information in an acceptable format.

  • Students completing the history and political science program will test, apply and develop the skills and techniques of the disciplines of history and political science either in or outside the classroom.

  • Students in the history and political science program will develop a habit of life-long learning as an informed, active and engaged citizen.

  • An understanding of the past that includes a thorough immersion into American, European, and non-Western history, philosophy, and government.

  • The ability to think critically about the past as well as their own lives.  This involves an ordered process of analysis whereby one first raises a vital question, gathers and assesses relevant information about that question, then come to logical, well-reasoned and unbiased conclusions.  Thinking critically also requires the ability to understand the past and one’s life within a global context.

  • The ability to apply what they have learned and uphold professional standards for careers in public service, law, education, the social sciences, graduate study, and the private sector.

  • A solid foundation in liberal learning that fosters an informed, responsible, and free citizenry as well as habits of life-long learning.

History (Bachelor’s Degree)

   

Political Science (Bachelor’s Degree)

   

Public History (Bachelor’s Degree)

   

History (Master’s Degree)

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to weigh competing historical interpretations carefully and to understand the methodological assumptions, biases, and pressures that shape those interpretations.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge in the field of either United States history or modern European history as a primary focus, and demonstrate appropriate knowledge in the field of United States, modern European, world, or public history as a secondary focus.  

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to conduct research in appropriate primary-source collections.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to demonstrate proficiency in research methods, including reasoning, problem-solving, and the synthesis of ideas, as well as the ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate primary and secondary sources.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to produce scholarly written works that demonstrate evidence of critical stance and the ability to place work in the context of relevant scholarship.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to demonstrate skills relevant to the teaching of a college-level survey course, including the ability to present lectures, or lead a class discussion, or deliver learning modules for an online course.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to present effectively a scholarly research paper to an audience.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historiography and the schools of historical theory.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the field of either United States history or modern European history as a primary focus, and demonstrate knowledge in the field of either: United States, modern European, world, or public history as a secondary focus.

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Department of Music

Music

  • The students will be acquainted with stylistic characteristics such as melody and rhythm as well as composers, significant performers, and performance media historically significant in all periods of Western music history, with emphasis on eighteenth through twentieth centuries.

  • The students will demonstrate familiarity with music theory aspects of compositional organization of Western music such as pitch, temporal and durational elements, texture, structure or form and use of expressive elements in all periods of music history, with emphasis on eighteenth through twentieth centuries.  

  • The students will ability to perform in chosen applied field with proficiency sufficient to demonstrate firm understanding of major and minor scales, performance-based understanding of stylistic characteristics of historically significant periods of Western music, with emphasis on eighteenth through twentieth centuries.

  • The students will demonstrate on piano an understanding of major and minor scales and functional skills.

Music Education

  • The student will be acquainted with stylistic characteristics such as melody and rhythm, as well as composers, significant performers, and performance media historically significant in all periods of Western music history, with emphasis on eighteenth through twentieth centuries.  

  • The student will demonstrate familiarity with music theory aspects of compositional organization of Western music such as pitch, temporal and durational elements, texture, structure or form and use of expressive elements in all periods of music history, with emphasis on eighteenth through twentieth centuries.

  • The student will have the ability to perform in chosen applied field with proficiency sufficient to demonstrate firm understanding of major and minor scales, performance-based understanding of stylistic characteristics of historically significant periods of Western music, with emphasis on eighteenth through twentieth centuries.

  • The students will demonstrate on piano an understanding of major and minor scales and functional skills.

  • The students will possess necessary classroom teaching skills and knowledge to effectively teach in the public school setting.  

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Department of Speech, Theatre, and Journalism

Speech

  • Students will learn to identify logical fallacies.

  • Students will learn proficiency with APA style for references and citations in written assignments.

  • Public Speaking students will know the basic organizational patterns for the body of their speeches by the end of the course.

Speech Education

  • Student's knowledge of Speech Communication will meet or exceed the passing score for Praxis of 550.

  • Students' knowledge of Theatre will meet or exceed the Praxis passing score of 580.

  • Students' knowledge of Principles of Learning & Teaching will meet or exceed Praxis passing score of 164.

Theatre

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in MLA style in senior projects.

  • Students will learn and successfully complete a formalist analysis by the end of TH 2203-Play Analysis.

Journalism

  • Student will learn proficiency in interviewing to gather communication effectively and professionally.

  • Students will learn proficiency with AP style in their writing for publication—written and electronic.

  • Students will learn leadership skills necessary for professionals employed in journalism positions.

  • Students will learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills for application in professional situations.

Multi-Media Journalism (Master’s Degree)

  • Successful completion of written proposal and paper for the multimedia project requirement to complete the Master of Arts in Multimedia Journalism.

  • Successful completion of multimedia project to Journalism faculty.  Students should be able to articulate the significance of their research and multimedia project to a panel of their peers and journalism professionals.

  • Students must determine a feasible concept for primary research and then develop that into a proposal and subsequently scholarly papers that could be submitted for conferences or journal publication.

  • Surveys will be gathered from graduate alumni every five years.  The surveys will gauge the professional and leadership experience of the alumnus since his/her graduation.

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