Disciplinary Depth: The Major
Students will develop their writing abilities through coursework in the University Writing Program, which requires that students take a minimum of three writing courses (two of which are linked to writing in particular disciplines).
Courses in the major will allow students to apply their writing ability to address and investigate issues at a more sophisticated level due to their mastery of the subject matter.
Students will be given formal presentation experiences beyond class participation at a level reasonable for a college graduate in the particular major.
Ways in which this skill can be obtained and practiced include but are not restricted to a seminar course with student presentation, thesis defense, talk in a student colloquium series, presentation at a conference, presentation of significant course projects.
Students will achieve basic competency in finding, analyzing, evaluating, and effectively using various sources of information.
Courses in the major will build on these skills and introduce students to field-specific information retrieval techniques and to critical evaluation of content as customary in the field.
Specific learning outcomes for Information Literacy:
Students will determine and articulate a need for information, be able to frame the research question, and select resources appropriate to specific research needs.
Students will construct and refine search strategies to locate, access, and retrieve information efficiently.
Students will be able to critically evaluate resources and content, and understand the legal and ethical standards of information access and use.
Students will use technology effectively to organize, communicate, and present information to support academic work.