Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
LEARNING OUTCOMES for MAJORS
November 18, 2016
Upon graduating with a major in FFS, ITA or SPA, students are expected to have the following competencies:
I. Linguistic competence
- To communicate accurately and effectively with an advanced level of language proficiency, both orally and in writing.
- Achieve a rating of at least “intermediate high” on the ACTFL proficiency tests.
- To articulate ideas and arguments clearly, effectively, and appropriately in a public forum for a diversity of audiences and a variety of purposes.
II. Critical Thinking
- To employ analytical skills to interpret and engage a variety of formats including literature, visual media, and cultural practices.
- To conduct research, and employ critical and theoretical models while writing about topics related to the major.
- To integrate knowledge from various disciplines, and to gain a deeper understanding of the major.
- To clearly and effectively articulate, debate and defend personal viewpoints and opinions on complex topics.
III. Content Knowledge
- To acquire and expand breadth and depth of knowledge of a variety of literary genres, historical periods, cultural practices and theoretical frameworks.
IV. Cultural competence
- To develop the ability to contextualize the areas of study through an informed understanding and appreciation of the cultures and communities studied.
- To gain knowledge of specific cultural issues and debates, and propose creative and effective interventions.
- To recognize, critically address, and collaboratively negotiate cultural diversity.
V. Career Readiness
- To identify and apply linguistic and critical skills, as well as cultural literacy to interact and collaborate with the local community and globalized world.
- To be able to explore and seek out job and service-related opportunities and take the necessary steps to pursue them.
- To reflect on the personal, professional, and existential value of a humanities degree, and to articulate the meaning and purpose of the chosen course of study.