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Graduate Programs

Program Goals and Outcomes

Student learning is at the core of Mount Saint Mary’s University’s mission.  Faculty developed a plan to assess the student-learning outcomes that represent the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of a graduate Humanities student.  One or more student learning outcomes will be assessed during the academic year.  Some class assignments may also be used to evaluate overall student learning and to improve teaching and learning in this class, this department, and throughout the University. Below are the learning goals of the graduate Humanities program:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate and analyze information, and to formulate sophisticated questions relevant to a specific topic.
  • Students will display skillful rhetorical techniques to achieve desired effect on a particular audience.
  • Students will use clear and concise written and oral communication techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate, evaluate, synthesize and document relevant print and non-print sources of information; to evaluate the reliability of sources; to articulate the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities course of study; and to comply with accepted styles of formatting. 
  • Identify, reflect upon, and articulate how each course contributes to the interdisciplinary course of study and the ways good critical thinking, writing, reading, and problem-solving skills can enrich one’s life and help one succeed in a variety of fields of endeavor.