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2017 Graduation LearningOutcome

Liberal Arts Learning Outcomes

Through the Liberal Arts program at Stephens, students develop skills in reasoning, logic, communication and critical thinking across a spectrum of disciplines, each with its own set of learning outcomes. All courses complement each other and help students think critically, communicate powerfully, lead responsibly and engage for change.


Analyze the world of the creative imagination by:

  • Displaying an understanding of the arts in terms of historical, cultural and political contexts
  • Demonstrating a familiarity with a wide range of styles, forms, techniques and conventions from Western and non-Western traditions
  • Developing powers of description and criticism, as applied to creative work


Show your power as a reader to engage with the worlds created in literary texts by:

  • Demonstrating an awareness of a variety of methods for reading and appreciating literary texts
  • Displaying an understanding of a range of conventions of literary production
  • Developing an awareness of the ways literary texts emerge from the social and political conditions of their times and how those conditions may differ from their own


Describe and analyze how the past has shaped the contemporary world by:

  • Identifying and analyzing the historical diversity of women’s experiences and how their contributions have shaped the contemporary status of women
  • Using investigative techniques and approaches to the past, common to the discipline of history
  • Demonstrating an awareness of the diversity of the global historical experience along the lines of gender, class, race and geography


Understand human behavior in a social and global context by:

  • Developing the competency to see the world from multiple perspectives
  • Identifying theories of human behavior and motivation
  • Analyzing how globalization affects contemporary societies
  • Applying investigative techniques common to the social sciences


Use your knowledge of the consequences of globalization to think and act ethically by:

  •  Identifying and critiquing ethical theories
  • Analyzing ethical issues raised by globalization
  • Applying ethical thinking in the context of various career fields


Understand and apply the methods and language of scientific inquiry by:

  • Applying the scientific method and scientific terminology
  • Understanding the uses of scientific knowledge, including its ethical implications


Apply mathematical methods to solve problems by:   

  • Interpreting and drawing inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics
  • Applying quantitative methods to solve real world problems
  • Representing mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the limits of mathematical and statistical methods.


Get an understanding of the principles fundamental to the study of girls and women by:

  • Analyzing the strategies women engage to challenge the inequalities and exclusions in their lives
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the cultural construction of gender and sexuality
  • Identifying women’s leadership and contributions to culture and society


Gain a comparative knowledge of the world’s peoples and cultures by:

  • Identifying and explaining the differences between one’s own cultural, theoretical and historical standpoints and those of others
  • Demonstrating knowledge of historical, social and geopolitical factors that shape human diversity


Communicate effectively by:

  • Organizing and delivering presentation material effectively;
  • Developing and organizing written work effectively
  • Conducting research using appropriately documented primary and secondary sources
  • Demonstrating a command of standard written English 


Learn to reason effectively by:

  • Investigating and assessing alternatives
  • Identifying and critiquing arguments and supporting evidence
  • Synthesizing information to present valid arguments or solve problems

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