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Honors Program Learning Outcomes

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Learning Outcomes (as reported to the University Core Development Committee, March 28, 2015) for the sequence of courses in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program. Publishing this explanation of defined learning outcomes is in compliance with New England Association of Colleges and Universities guidelines.

  • Students should become able to read, critically analyze, and discuss the perennial human questions concerning human beings in relation to
    • God, the natural and the divine;
    • Community, society, and politics;
    • The individual self and others,

as these are presented in classic works of literature, art, philosophy, and theology.

  • Students should acquire the ability to read critically the complex literary, intellectual, religious, and artistic works of the Western Cultural Tradition; and to develop, articulate, and defend their judgments about these questions and works both orally and in writing.
  • Students should develop the intellectual virtues (habits of mind) necessary to make well-reasoned moral and ethical judgments.
  • Students should gain an integrated interdisciplinary knowledge of the humanities necessary for understanding the relationship between Classical and Christian humanism in the Western Tradition, on the one hand, and the relationship between the Western past and contemporary culture, on the other.

The Honors Program has a standing committee of faculty engaged in the yearly assessment of this curriculum by means of a process of reading randomly selected and anonymous student work in the second year of the program. This student work has already been submitted for grading purposes as a separate matter. The goal of assessment is to give the faculty information needed to strengthen the pedagogy of all courses offered by all professors. Anonymity and random selection guarantee that the faculty will assess the program as a whole. This assures that individual students are offered a continuously improving and self-critical curriculum and seminar pedagogy.

The standing committee on assessment presents its findings at an annual faculty meeting in May to develop an action plan for the next year. A report on this process and the actions envisioned does to the UCDC which oversees all required university Core courses. The UCDC itself has a commitment to continuous core development.