Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 175

Program Level Learning Outcomes
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PROGRAM-LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES
pertinent questions about texts by recognizing
worldview assumptions and implications, and
by evaluating ideas.
4. Critique authors and works from a biblical
perspective, and understand other perspectives
in the light of the Scriptures.
5. Write clearly, effectively, and imaginatively, and
adjust writing style appropriately to audience,
content, and topic.
6. Propose and complete research projects and
articulate them within appropriate conceptual
and methodological frameworks, including
the ability to recognize when information
is needed, and to locate, evaluate, record,
organize, incorporate, and present information
effectively.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical
development of the English language and of
literature written in English from Old English
to the present.
8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the
grammatical system of the English language.
9. Demonstrate a practical grasp of textual
analysis.
10. Demonstrate a familiarity with a wide range
of British and American literary works, as
well as selected authors and works fromWorld
literature, including classical forms, together
with the historical context in which various
authors wrote.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of various
theoretical approaches that inform the
interpretation of literature and culture.
12. Demonstrate a familiarity with a wide range
of literary terms and categories relating to
literary history, theory, and criticism, including
figurative language and prosody.
13. Demons t r a t e a f ami l i a r i t y wi t h t he
basic practices of literary research and
documentation, including using the library and
electronic forms of information retrieval and
communication.
History & Political Studies Core
1. Describe essential developments of U.S.
History, answering “who, what, when, where,
why, and how” questions relating to these
important events and trends.
2. Describe essential developments in World
History, answering “who, what, when, where,
why, and how” questions relating to these
important events and trends.
3. Ar ticulate and critique the following
philosophies of history, evaluating their
impacts on societies, cultures, and nations
during different time periods:
a. Pre-modern, cyclical view, prominent in Asia
and ancient Greece
b. Modern, optimistic views, involving a “cult
of progress” stemming fromWestern scientific
prowess and Enlightenment philosophy
i. Post-millennial--God’s people can usher
in the Kingdom
ii. Secular Humanistic--based on Darwinian
processes
c. Postmodern view, challenging traditional
histor y with rela tivism and extreme
politicization.
4. Articulate a biblical philosophy of history,
explaining the following components:
a. theocentricity rather than anthropocentricity,
b. acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty,
c. linear perspective beginning with Creation,
climaxing in Christ’s work on earth, and
culminating in Christ’s 2nd Coming,
d. congruence concerning human nature that
is depicted in Scripture and also manifested in
history.
5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research
with:
a. traditional primary source materials,
b. traditional secondary source materials, and
c. cur rent technological resources and
techniques. Students mus be able to structure
lucid, logical, & reasonable historical arguments
from those documents.
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olitical
S
tudies
Political Studies Core
1. Describe the philosophies of the major
political philosophers of Western civilization.
2. Articulate a biblical political philosophy and
apply it to contemporary issues.
3. Trace the major events, and individuals in the
development of the U.S. Constitution and
the history of key cases in its application to
American jurisprudence.
4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key
works and theories that have shaped American
politics.
5. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the
primary processes of the American political
system.
6. Conduct effective undergraduate-level research
using primary, and secondary sources, and
technological resources relating to political
studies.
7. Construct a lucid, logical, and reasonable
line of argumentation supporting the various
major positions relating to the key issues in
American politics.
American Politics
1. Describe the specific areas of interrelationship
between the branches of the national
government.
2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the
major processes of the American political
system (e.g., legislative, representation, elective,
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