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Program Outcomes

The Integrative Studies Program has three sets of outcomes: disciplinary or interdisciplinary, skills, and integrative outcomes. Course syllabi for the Integrative Studies Program will include those disciplinary or interdisciplinary outcomes the faculty member has identified for the course, outcomes for those skills the faculty member expects students to use as they engage the content, and the integrative outcomes they will address in their course.

Essential Questions that frame the perspective outcomes: How are the arts and humanities constructed and defined and how do they change, shape, provoke, and represent our perceptions and our world? What assumptions, methodologies and theoretical constructs define today’s sciences and how are they used to understand our world?

Perspectives Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • articulate an understanding of representative theories in the natural and social sciences.
  • explore language use, linguistic forms, and language’s ability to change society and ourselves.
  • distinguish and assess the impact that knowledge and methodology in the natural and social sciences have on our understanding of self, society and environment.
  • critically and creatively engage in the aesthetic and intellectual components of the fine and performing arts.
  • articulate the ways that the arts and humanities shape, change, provoke, and represent our world and our perception of the world.
  • understand and interpret diverse evidence about past societies and cultures.
  • understand how the scientific method differs from other modes of inquiry and ways of knowing.
  • evaluate diverse approaches to the study of history and their relationship to power, privilege and difference.
  • use and understand the power of mathematics, statistics, and qualitative analysis to represent and investigate ideas and evidence, as well as evaluate data dependent arguments.
  • analyze a creative text within its cultural, aesthetic, historical, and intellectual contexts.
  • identify the values and concerns expressed in creative works.

** Interdisciplinary Outcomes**

This category provides the faculty with an opportunity to collaborate across traditional disciplinary boundaries in designing and delivering challenging and innovative courses **Essential Question that frames the interdisciplinary courses: How are the skills, concepts, and values developed across disciplines applied to questions fundamental to today’s interdependent world?**

Students will be abel to:

  • identify multiple disciplinary perspectives to explore complex questions.
  • synthesize connections between multiple disciplinary perspectives
  • reflect upon and recognize the position (e.g. discipline, identity, experience) from which they interpret and construct. knowledge.
  • analyze cultural assumptions and social values from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
  • collaborate on integrating insights from multiple disciplines

Integrative Outcomes

The integrative outcomes provide students the opportunity to learn and discuss overarching themes, perspectives, and paradigms that necessitate their active engagement in the KSC learning environment. In order to achieve this engagement, every course in the Integrative Studies Program must address at least one of the integrative outcomes.

Diversity

Students will be able to:

  • recognize how differences shape approaches to identity, knowledge, and power.
  • apply diverse perspectives and experiences to develop disciplinary arguments.

Ethics

Students will be able to:

  • identify the ethical issues within a discipline.
  • solve an ethical problem associated with a discipline.

Global Issues

Students will be able to:

  • approach global issues from multiple perspectives in deriving solutions to potential conflicts.
  • critique a discipline through the lens of other cultural values.
  • demonstrate a commitment to analyzing and/or solving global issues.
  • demonstrate knowledge about cultures, societies, religious worldviews and /or political/economic systems outside of the western context.
  • demonstrate an understanding of non-western cultures from the context of those cultures.

Social and Environmental Engagement

Students will be able to:

  • identify elements of social and/or environmental structures: individual, group and system.
  • demonstrate a commitment to analyzing and/or solving social and/or environmental issues.
  • articulate the interrelations of natural and social-cultural systems, and the ways in which human agency can both degrade and sustain the environment.