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Student Learning Outcomes in the Academic Programs

Program Learning Outcomes for each Academic Program at MCLA can currently be found in the Course Catalog, or click below to read the full Outcomes for each Core Domain.

Art

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Arts Management

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Athletic Training

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Biology

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Business Administration

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Chemistry

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Computer Science

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Education

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English/Communications

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Environmental Studies

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Fine and Performing Arts
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History

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Interdisciplinary Studies

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Mathematics

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Modern Languages

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Philosophy

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Physical Education

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Physics

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Political Science & Public Policy

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Psychology

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Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

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Women's Studies
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Art Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Create original high-quality artworks.
  • Understand all levels of art-making and visual creativity.
  • Relate, analyze and utilize the history of art and visual culture.
  • Build public art presentations and marketing of their own and others' art.

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Arts Management Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad based understanding of issues in arts management including program development, fund raising, and the non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding in business concepts including financial accounting, management and marketing.
  • Demonstrate practical experience in event coordination, audience development, and project management.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the economic dimension of the arts.

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Athletic Training Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize, critically appraise, and apply knowledge attained through the program.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior consistent with the National Athletic Training Association Code of Ethics and the Massachusetts Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for Athletic Training.
  • Demonstrate mastery of cognitive and psychomotor competencies, as well as clinical proficiencies outlined by the National Athletic Training Association Education Council.
  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills related to evidence-based practice.

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Biology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental concepts in the discipline.
  • Write a lab report to communicate the findings of a scientific experiment.
  • Design an experiment to test a hypothesis.
  • Find and analyze primary literature in the field.
  • Demonstrate appropriate technical skills in the laboratory.
  • Analyze data with appropriate statistical analysis.

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Business Administration and Economics Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply professionally marketable knowledge.
  • Think creatively and critically.
  • Define, analyze, evaluate, and solve problems.
  • Express their ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Apply current information technology tools to business problems.
  • Function effectively in a culturally and demographically diverse environment.
  • Relate to the needs of the global business community.
  • Utilize and value liberal arts education in their personal and professional lives.

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Chemistry Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles and theories in analytical, organic and inorganic and physical chemistry.
  • Apply chemical principles through problem solving and laboratory experimentation.
  • Demonstrate competency in use of various laboratory instruments.

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Computer Science and Information Systems Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Develop and maintain professional quality software applications, products, and systems.
  • Competently use major software applications found in industry.
  • Communicate ideas effectively with others.
  • Create and maintain hardware systems.

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Education Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Plan curriculum and instruction.
  • Deliver effective instruction.
  • Manage classroom climate and operation.
  • Promote equity.
  • Meet professional responsibilities.

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English/Communications Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in oral, written, and other forms of discourse.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in collaborative learning and problem-solving environments.
  • Craft thoughtful, creative texts that demonstrate a keen sensitivity to language, form, style, and effect.
  • Analyze texts closely and critically, demonstrating how language, style, form, and genre create effects and shape meanings.
  • Articulate an understanding of how cultural, historical, and ideological contexts condition both the creation and the reception of texts across time and in today's complex, diverse world.

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Environmental Studies Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Use classical skills such as critical thinking, research, speaking, and writing as they apply to contemporary environmental issues.
  • Use particular technologies necessary for modern professionals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Quickly assess environmental problems and work effectively in a team to suggest realistic solutions.
  • Enter either the professional world or graduate school with broad understanding, specific skills, and significant experience in environmental studies.

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Fine and Performing Arts Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of the studio and historical/theoretical aspects of the Fine and Performing Arts.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a chosen concentration of Art, Art Management, Music or Theatre.
  • Demonstrate practical experience in public performance or exhibition in the arts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the economic dimensions of the arts.

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History Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of subject matter, methodologies and a variety of historiographical approaches.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think clearly and critically about history and historical narratives, and to express ideas logically and persuasively in written and oral form.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with diverse cultures and chronological periods and capacity for both empathic and critical understanding of one’s own culture and society as well as those different from one’s own.
  • Demonstrate competence in historical research and presentation, including the ability to appropriately access, use and evaluate primary and secondary sources in order to make a coherent historical argument.

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Interdisciplinary Studies Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking, academic research, writing, and oral presentation skills.
  • Have an understanding of how knowledge is created within different fields of study.
  • Study important issues in societies past and present in local and global contexts from the vantage point of different disciplines and through interdisciplinary frameworks.
  • Study complex issues in society from ethical perspectives.
  • Analyze texts in cultural, social, and historical contexts.
  • Apply methods, approaches, and insights from different disciplines (particularly in their respective areas of concentration) and interdisciplinary perspectives to the analysis of a given theme/issue and to the development of creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Develop skills for lifelong learning.
  • Acquire extensive knowledge of human societies and cultures, and will have developed an intercultural competence and awareness of global cultural diversity.
  • Assume an informed, critical, and responsible position as citizens of our increasingly interconnected world.

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Mathematics Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Perform computations and procedures from a wide range of the various branches of mathematics.
  • Demonstrate mathematical growth by acquiring a solid grasp of key concepts and themes.
  • Develop fluency in reading and constructing mathematical proofs.
  • Apply mathematical ideas and problem-solving to real-life situations in the various disciplines.

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Philosophy Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to and disposed to:

  • Reflect on their own most basic assumptions.
  • Consider a variety of perspectives on a topic.
  • Become an active member of a community of learners.
  • Write in a literate, clear, and interesting manner.
  • Read actively and fruitfully various sorts of philosophical texts.
  • Understand and apply the formal structures of sound reasoning and good argumentation.
  • Engage in respectful and productive conversation and collaborative thinking.

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Physics Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles in the various fields of physics.
  • Make connections between various fields of physics.
  • Solve problems using math and physical reasoning.
  • Use modern computational methods to analyze and present data.
  • Design and conduct experiments to evaluate ideas and verify theory.
  • Evaluate the validity of experimental evidence.
  • Effectively communicate information gained by written and oral means

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Political Science and Public Policy Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding in each of the following areas of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public policy, and research methods.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, locating, and evaluating scholarly political science resources and literature and in using them responsibly to formulate effective arguments.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to conduct original research using one or more methodologies in political science (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, historical institutional, etc.).
  • Demonstrate competence in presenting research and analysis via written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge from the Political Science and Public Policy program in program-relevant internships.

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Psychology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the following areas of psychology: developmental, abnormal, social, and research and statistical methodology.
  • Demonstrate competence in helping design empirical research.
  • Demonstrate competence in using a statistical package to analyze data and to present those results in APA manuscript style.
  • Communicate proficiently, both orally and in writing.

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Sociology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Think critically, write and speak effectively, and utilize library and internet resources.
  • Understand sociocultural perspectives, demonstrate crosscultural awareness, and identify forms of social inequality and stratification.
  • Understand social science research methods and findings.
  • Acquire active/applied learning experiences.
  • Be prepared for careers and graduate school

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