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Learning Outcomes Assessment

romance languages and literatures

In accordance with federally mandated assessment policy, we provide the following information. The Department expects its majors to have acquired the following sets of skills and knowledge by the time they graduate from Boston College:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a Romance Language in all of the major skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading).
  • Analyze and interpret literary and cultural texts.
  • Make cogent, persuasive arguments using sufficient, verifiable data and rational, critical thinking.
  • Identify major literary figures and their principal works.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with literary genres and critical terminology.
  • Demonstrate awareness of cultural difference, implicit and explicit, in the acquisition of a second language.

Learning Outcomes for individual RLL Courses that satisfy the College's Core Curriculum "Literature" Requirement:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read and evaluate texts critically.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the differences between literary genres.
  • Students will recognize the major canonical texts of the target culture pertaining to the specific time period covered by the course.
  • Students will manifest an appreciation for the workings of the literary imagination.

Learning Outcomes for individual RLL Courses that satisfy the College's Core Curriculum "Cultural Diversity" Requirement:

Students enrolled in RLL Cultural Diversity courses will be expected, at the end of the course, to demonstrate:

  • that they can see human experience from the point of view of others who encounter and interpret the world in significantly different ways.
  • that they have had a serious encounter with some culture that is significantly different from the mainstream of European and North American cultures.
  • an appreciation of the concept of culture from a theoretical and comparative perspective.
  • an awareness of and sensitivity to the ways that perennial questions have been addressed in cultures other than their own.
Professor Tang's students
Some of the students in Prof. Wan Tang's Summer Program in Madrid 2014 enjoying a day trip to fabulous Toledo: Craig McCray, Isaac Holterman, Courtney Griffin, Megan Lang, Prof. Tang, Leslie Carandang, and Jessica Salgado.


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