Student Learning Outcomes

ART

BA Art

1. Students in all programs demonstrate mastery of practical and conceptual knowledge of the visual arts (appropriate to the degree program).
2.  Students in all programs demonstrate abilities to: carry out scholarly and disciplined inquiries in the visual arts; and participate actively in discourse analyzing critical issues in the field.      
3. Students in all programs demonstrate an ability to engage with Los Angeles as a major cultural and international center of visual arts and related industries.
4. Students are qualified for admission into programs of advanced study and/or entrance into professional careers.
5. Students in all programs demonstrate understanding of diverse cultural traditions and aesthetic values embodied in the visual arts, past and present.    
6. Students in all programs demonstrate abilities to develop collegial relationships and work collaboratively with faculty and students. 
7. Students in all programs demonstrate understanding of their roles and responsibilities to participate actively and ethically in multicultural societies.  
8. Students in all programs demonstrate abilities to: negotiate complex visual landscapes; derive meaning from the visual arts; and pursue creative endeavors throughout their lives.

MA Art

In addition to the above, graduates demonstrate the ability to produce and present an original body of work through disciplined inquiry and discourse analyzing issues in a particular area of the visual arts. 

MFA Art

(Concentrations in Studio Arts or Design): In addition to SLOs for BA Art: 
1. Graduates demonstrate the ability to produce and present a significant body of work through disciplined inquiry and rigorous discourse analysis that makes a contribution to the field (studio arts or design).
2. Graduates in Studio arts adopt the identity and attitude of a professional artist working to produce art of high quality for public exhibition and presentation; or 
3. Graduates in Design adopt the identity and attitude of a professional designer working as a leader in design industries. 
4. Graduates demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and contribute to the vitality of the visual arts and design communities.  

 

COMMUNICATION

BA/MA Communication

1.1.1 Foundational knowledge—the basic theoretical understanding of the discipline and its subfields, which includes
a. Critical understanding of the key theories, methodologies, and concepts in Communication and its subfields,
b. Ability to explain the verbal and nonverbal, historical and cultural aspects and issues of communication in various contexts, and
c. Understanding of the key patterns of communication in dyadic, group, organizational, public, and cultural contexts.
1.1.2 Application learning—important skills, thinking or managing abilities, which include 
a. Demonstrated ability to ‘read’ the social texts and write fieldwork-based or textual analysis of communication issues (analytical skills),
b.Demonstrated ability to speak clearly in public and academic forums (performance skills),
c. Demonstrated ability to critically analyzing the content of communication (critical thinking) as part of quantitative and qualitative research, and
d. Demonstrated ability to devise practical or innovative solutions social conflict as a team player (practical/creative thinking).
1.1.3 Integration learning—connecting ideas within various subfields of the Communication Studies and beyond the discipline, which includes
a. Demonstrated ability to analyze the connections between the interdisciplinary theoretical learning and human experiences in everyday life, in written and oral forms, and
b. Demonstrated ability to identify communication challenges for living in a globalized world
1.1.4 Understanding the human dimension of learning—learning about self and others, which includes
a. Demonstrated awareness of the ways people in different cultures and socio-organizational contexts make sense of life, communicate and conduct business (self and others), and
b. Demonstrated ability to educate others about the complexity of communication in personal and public life
1.1.5 Caring—adopting new feelings, interests, ideas or values, which includes
a. Demonstrated appreciation of human diversity in the world,
b. Cultivated interest in knowing about other cultures, and
c. Refined interest in the fight for social justice
1.1.6 Learning how to learn, which includes
a. Demonstrated ability to be a better student,
b. Demonstrated ability to ‘read’ social interactions and write about it, and 
c.  Development of a future learning plan for self-directed life-long learning.

 

ENGLISH

BA English

A. Literary Coverage
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major writers, historical periods, and genres of British and American literature, and demonstrate an awareness of the connection between texts and their historical and cultural context.
B. Literary Analysis
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret a text with attention to its genre, formal and rhetorical features, and historical and cultural contexts
C. Theory and critical perspectives
Students will understand the history of critical theory and demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical approaches to texts.
D. Linguistics
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the grammatical structure of English and recognition of standard and nonstandard varieties.
E. Rhetoric, research and writing
Students will understand the writing process and use their understanding  of audience, purpose, form, and other rhetorical concepts to produce rhetorically and stylistically effective writing. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability to conduct research in the field and effectively incorporate this research into their analysis and writing

MA English

Students will:
1.      Develop an understanding and appreciation of the power and beauty of written expression through the study of representative literary texts from diverse periods, genres, and cultures
2.      Practice textual analysis with confidence and skill
3.      Develop a multicultural understanding of their own and other cultures, past and present, through the historically contextualized study of language and literature
4.      Be aware of the evolving roles of literature, aesthetics, and critical theory
5.      Be able to develop and support original perspectives with precision, express themselves effectively and with clarity, and engage in constructive dialog with an awareness of multiple perspectives
6.      Be able to conduct research in the field
7.      Develop solid reading, writing, and critical thinking skills

 

LIBERAL STUDIES

BA Liberal Studies

1.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic focus, goals, and approaches of the Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities, including Cultural Studies and American studies.
2.  Students will demonstrate the ability to do detailed descriptions of cultural sites, cultural performances, practices, and arts in the multi-cultural and multi/inter-ethnic landscape of Los Angeles through descriptive qualitative methods.
3.  Students will demonstrate their ability to read, critically analyze, and apply advanced theories of culture to disciplinary knowledge production in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
4.  Students will demonstrate mastery of the modes of critical analysis proper to the humanities and fine arts as applied to a variety of different texts such as films, television shows, historical essays, novels, news reports, and archival materials. 
5.  Students will demonstrate understanding of difficult critical arguments as they are constructed through diverse disciplinary formations.
6.  Students will construct and demonstrate the nature of critical arguments, how they are structured and what position they take in relation to the subject matter. 
7. All students will complete a senior thesis: an extended well researched, critically written, coherent, and well developed piece of original scholarship.

 

MODERN LANGUAGES & LITERATURES

French Single Subject Credential

In addition to (a)-(h) of the BA, students seeking the Single Subject Credential in French must demonstrate their understanding of:
(a)    Principal concepts of phonetics and phonology, including an understanding of various phonetic and phonological aspects of French or Spanish dialectal processes and the ability to transcribe spoken French or Spanish discourse;
(b)   Social and socio-historical factors that can affect language variation and change;
(c)    Fundamental concepts of the theory of Second Language Acquisition;
(d)    Analysis of structures that cause interference in target-language learners;
(e)    Theories and methods of language proficiency evaluation; and
(f)     Broad relationship between language, culture and society.

Spanish Single Subject Credential

In addition to (a)-(h) of the BA, students seeking the Single Subject Credential in Spanish must demonstrate their understanding of:
(i)     Basic principles of linguistic analysis;
(j)     Principal concepts of phonetics and phonology, including an understanding of various phonetic and phonological aspects of French or Spanish dialectal processes and the ability to transcribe spoken French or Spanish discourse;
(k)     Major processes used to form words in French or Spanish (including the ability to identify and describe parts of speech) and major sentence structure rules and processes;
(l)      Social and socio-historical factors that can affect language variation and change;
(m)     Fundamental concepts of the theory of Second Language Acquisition;
(n)   Analysis of structures that cause interference in target-language learners;
(o)   Fundamental concepts of pragmatics and sociolinguistics;
(p)   Theories and methods of language proficiency evaluation; and
(q)   Broad relationship between language, culture and society.

BA French/Spanish

(a)    Demonstrate the ability to communicate successfully with native speakers of the target language in a large range of contexts, both personal and professional, and to present their point of view in a comprehensible, organized, and culturally appropriate manner.
(b)   Be able to write clearly, coherently and accurately on a variety of subjects -- personal experience or reflection; cultural, linguistic, or literary analysis -- and to use a variety of discourse types, including expository and argumentative essays on academic topics.
(c)    Be able to understand spoken and visual messages, live or in recordings or videos, and to summarize and discuss such messages or respond to them in an interactive context.
(d)   Be able to read and discuss texts ranging from advertisements and newspapers to business correspondence and literary masterpieces, understanding both the explicit and implicit messages of such texts, and demonstrating the ability to discuss the ideas in these texts and their own interpretation of them.
(e)    Demonstrate a familiarity with the main periods, authors, and developments in French and Francophone or Spanish and Spanish American literatures, and the ability to summarize and analyze literary texts.
(f)    Demonstrate a familiarity with well-known historical figures and events, and understand and be able to explain basic cultural characteristics of the main world regions in which the target language is spoken.
(g)   Be able to examine the larger question of how language functions as a communicative system and a social construct, and the role of the target language in the world.
(h)   Demonstrate familiarity with library and information technology as part of a well-rounded education in the Humanities, and exploit such technology to find resources in the target language.

MA French

(a)    Are able to understand and use correctly a wide range of target-language vocabulary/terminology inherent to the study of literary works, literary analysis, and diachronic linguistics;
(b)    Understand and are able to discuss main literary works in the target language as related to historical periods and key cultural issues in both France and the Francophone world;
(c)    Understand and can discuss current cultural phenomena in the Francophone world;
(d)    Understand and are able to explain linguistic processes as related to the target-language's historical development from Latin, using appropriate terminology and relevant examples.

MA Spanish

(a) Are able to understand and use correctly a wide range of target-language vocabulary/terminology inherent to the study of literary works, literary analysis, and linguistic theory;
(b) Understand and are able to discuss main literary works in the target language as related to historical periods and key cultural issues in both Spain and Latin America;
(c) Have acquired a global view of the foundations of Hispanic literary history and its development;
(d) Understand and are able to explain linguistic processes as related to the target-language variation at the regional, social and stylistic level, as well as its historical development from Latin, using appropriate terminology and relevant examples.

BA Japanese/Chinese

(a) Demonstrate their ability to handle successfully a variety of predictable and concrete oral exchanges necessary for survival in the target culture (e.g., personal information covering self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel and lodging).
(b) Demonstrate their ability to read and write short, simple communications, compositions, descriptions, and requests for information that are based on personal preferences, daily routines, common events, and other topics related to personal experiences and immediate surroundings.
(c) Perform (a) and (b) in culturally appropriate ways.
(d) Demonstrate their understanding and ability to discuss cultural similarities and differences between Chinese or Japanese culture and the students' own or American culture.
(e) Be able to understand and analyze major literary works in the socio-historical contexts of the literary production, and to explain the authors of the texts.
(f) Be able to understand and explain basic linguistic terminology and socio-cultural aspects of the target language, as well as differences of sound and grammar structures between the target and English languages.
(g) Demonstrate familiarity with library and information technology as part of a well-rounded education in the humanities, and exploit such technology to find resources in the target language.

Japanese Single Subject Credential

(a) Demonstrate their ability to handle successfully many uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an oral exchange of basic information related to work, school, recreation, particular interests and areas of competence, and orally to narrate and describe in major time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length.
(b) Be able to meet practical reading and writing needs such as understanding and producing uncomplicated letters, simple summaries, and compositions related to work, school experiences, and topics of current and general interest, and to write simple descriptions and narrations of paragraph length on everyday events and situations in different time frames using a limited number of cohesive devices.
(c) Perform (a) and (b) in culturally appropriate ways.
(d) Demonstrate their understanding and ability to discuss cultural similarities and differences between Chinese or Japanese culture and the students' own or American culture.
(e) Be able to understand and analyze major literary works in the socio-historical contexts of the literary production, and to explain the authors of the texts.
(f) Be able to understand and explain basic linguistic terminology and socio-cultural aspects of the target language, as well as differences of sound and grammar structures between the target and English languages.
(g) Demonstrate familiarity with library and information technology as part of a well-rounded education in the humanities, and exploit such technology to find resources in the target language.

 

MUSIC

BA/BM Music

The ability to perform on their instrument or voice with technical proficiency and sufficient artistry to perform a variety of appropriate repertoire. 
Rudimentary knowledge of the MIDI protocol and the ability to use basic computer technology for music notation, music example realization (sequencing), recording, and research. 
The ability to comprehend all aspects of music theory, including analysis, part-writing, ear-training, and sight-singing. 
The ability to comprehend all aspects of music history including all historical periods, genres, and styles. 
Knowledge of music literature from a variety of times and places representative of the western European tradition. 
Knowledge of the literature and stylistic characteristics of various world musics (i.e., music from diverse cultures and styles). 
The ability to play the keyboard with sufficient technique to perform scales, chord progressions, score reading, and simple accompaniments. 
The ability to perform on their instrument or voice. The ability to comprehend all aspects of music.

MA/MM Music

Students will demonstrate:
1.      The ability to perform on their instrument or voice with technical proficiency and sufficient artistry to perform a variety of appropriate repertoire.
2.      Rudimentary knowledge of the MIDI protocol and the ability to use basic computer technology for music notation, music example realization (sequencing), recording, and research.
3.      The ability to comprehend all aspects of music theory, including analysis, part-writing, ear-training, and sight-singing.
4.      The ability to comprehend all aspects of music history including all historical periods, genres, and styles.
5.      Knowledge of music literature from a variety of times and places representative of the western European tradition.
6.      Knowledge of the literature and stylistic characteristics of various world musics (i.e., music from diverse cultures and styles).
7.      The ability to play the keyboard with sufficient technique to perform scales, chord progressions, score reading, and simple accompaniments.
6.      Knowledge of the literature and stylistic characteristics of various world musics (i.e., music from diverse cultures and styles).
7.      The ability to play the keyboard with sufficient technique to perform scales, chord progressions, score reading, and simple accompaniments.

 

PHILOSOPHY

BA Philosophy

Expected learning outcomes for undergraduate programs focus on (a) knowledge of philosophy, and (b) acquisition of the interpretive, analytic and critical skills of philosophical inquiry, including the ability to construct and evaluate arguments.
Knowledge Outcomes:
1. Knowledge of some of the major philosophical texts in the history of Western philosophy.
2. Knowledge of contemporary philosophical methods.
3. Knowledge of some of the main currents and issues in contemporary philosophy for example, in metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of law, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics.
4. Knowledge of the fundamentals of logic and critical thinking.
Ability Outcomes:
5. The ability to understand, analyze, and critically evaluate complex arguments and theories.
6. The ability to identify and critically evaluate the underlying presuppositions of methodologies, theories, and arguments in various areas, e.g., science, law, religion, and public policy.
7. The ability to develop reasoned support for one's own opinions on theoretical and practical matters.
8. The ability to interpret and explicate texts from different cultural and intellectual contexts.
9. The ability to explain, both orally and in writing, difficult ideas in a clear, informed, effective, and coherent manner.
10. The ability to write an essay satisfying the terms of the assignment, with a recognizable thesis and a coherent supporting argument.
11. The ability to apply the above philosophical skills in new contexts.
12. The ability to apply some of the philosophical skills listed above to one's own life, in self-reflection and life-long learning.

MA Philosophy

Knowledge and ability outcomes for students in the M.A. program are similar in kind to those for students in the undergraduate program. However, graduate students are expected to acquire:
. Deeper knowledge of philosophical texts and methods of inquiry.
. More advanced knowledge of and facility in logic.
. The ability to explain philosophical ideas at an appropriate level for students in introductory philosophy courses.
. The skills and knowledge necessary to complete a thesis or comprehensive examinations.

 

TELEVISION, FILM, & MEDIA STUDIES

BA TV and Film

1.  Students will demonstrate creative skill sets in the production of audio/video and writing for media (Skills).
2.  Students will critically analyze contemporary media productions, practices, and impacts (Skills).
3.  Students will know the structure, fundamental professional practices, and established professional standards of contemporary media industries (Knowledge).
4.  Students will develop the skills for effective career building self presentation in their professional interactions, communications, negotiations, and collaborations in media industries (Skills).
5.  Students will know the industrial, historical and aesthetic components of media production (Knowledge).
6.  Students will develop a greater appreciation for the necessity of collaboration, as well as the collaborative ethics of professional media production (Attitudes).
7.  Students will have a greater appreciation for the social responsibilities of contemporary media, including responsibilities engaging notions of identity, ethics, politics and culture (Attitudes).

MA TV and Film

1.  Students will demonstrate creative writing skills in the production of projects, screenplays and/or scholarly essays (Skills).
2.  Students will gain competence as potential researchers and scholars in the field, whether in doctoral study or other research-based positions (Skills).
3.  Students will demonstrate advanced abilities to employ critical theories and insights in analysis of contemporary media productions, practices and impacts (Skills).
4.  Students will know the industrial, historical and aesthetic components of television and film production (Knowledge).
5.  Students will have a greater appreciation for the social responsibilities of contemporary media, including responsibilities engaging notions of identity, ethics, politics and culture (Attitudes).

MFA in Television, Film & Theatre (Joint Degree Program w/ THEATRE & DANCE)

1. Identify, analyze and differentiate historical, theoretical and current industry practices in television, film and theatre.

2. Conceptualize, prepare and present completed creative projects in television, film and theatre.

3. Appraise, compare, critique historical, theoretical, conceptual and actual practices of artists, movements, events, productions, evolving technology and innovative business practices in television, film and theatre via written and oral presentations.

4. Construct and evaluate collaborative creative projects in television, film and theatre in relationship to professional expectations in these fields via written, oral and media presentations.

5. Generate and critique individual creative projects in television, film and theatre in relationship to professional expectations in these fields via written, oral and media presentations

6. Generate a culminating creative Thesis Project and critical Project Report that interprets, articulates and demonstrates all of the above listed PLOs

 

THEATRE & DANCE

BA in Theatre

1. Develop a structured approach to the use of languages in writing for and about performance.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and processes such as performing, playwriting, directing, design, management and technical     operations related to stage productions. 

3. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and cultural dimensions of performance, including the works of leading playwrights, performers, choreographers, directors, designers, and philosophers, past and present

4. Examine, identify and apply contemporary theories and practices of performing arts.

5. Make informed assessments of quality in performance material and works. 

6. Develop a clear understanding of the collaboration between performance, spectator and production.

7. Develop effective skills in verbal and visual communication. 

8. Demonstrate competence in the skills necessary to produce performance at a professional level.

9. Demonstrate skills in current technologies as these relate to performance, communication and research.

MFA in Television, Film & Theatre (Joint Degree Program w/ Television, Film and Media Studies)

1. Identify, analyze and differentiate historical, theoretical and current industry practices in television, film and theatre.

2. Conceptualize, prepare and present completed creative projects in television, film and theatre.

3. Appraise, compare, critique historical, theoretical, conceptual and actual practices of artists, movements, events, productions, evolving technology and innovative business practices in television, film and theatre via written and oral presentations.

4. Construct and evaluate collaborative creative projects in television, film and theatre in relationship to professional expectations in these fields via written, oral and media presentations.

5. Generate and critique individual creative projects in television, film and theatre in relationship to professional expectations in these fields via written, oral and media presentations

6. Generate a culminating creative Thesis Project and critical Project Report that interprets, articulates and demonstrates all of the above listed PLOs