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Department Learning Outcomes

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


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.