College of Arts & Sciences
Department and Program Learning Objectives

Majors in Comparative Humanities will be able to:

Understand the central movements of the Western tradition and the ways in which that tradition has been constructed. (2,3)

Understand all cultural norms as provisional positions in a historical process of change and conflict. (2,5)

Compare and evaluate cultural differences in a non-hierarchical manner across boundaries of all kinds:

Historical (including situations, intellectual products, and material remains of different periods);
Cultural (including race, gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation); and
Formal (between different modes of thought and expression). (2, 5, 6)

Meaningfully compare intellectual materials of different or opposing types: textual with material artifacts; narrative with non-narrative texts; artistic with analytical modes of thought.  (6,8)

Appreciate the benefits, problems, and intellectual challenge of comparative study across historical, cultural, or generic boundaries. (5,6)

Demonstrate effective expository skills, both orally and in writing. (7,8)

Understand the intellectual and personal benefits of knowing and using a foreign language. (3)


Numbers in parentheses reflect related Educational Goals.

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