Learning Outcomes

  • Have an in-depth and accurate knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Understand central issues and current research areas that are important in the field
  • Apply theoretical information to solve practical problems
  • Prepare and communicate discipline-specific information in written and oral forms to scientific and lay audiences
  • Design, conduct, and interpret research
  • Facilitate learning in the classroom

Outcomes Assessment

  • Satisfactory completion of degree course requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0, including a grade of B- or better for courses within the major.
  • Satisfactory seminar attendance
  • Student-developed POSC assigned to ensure satisfactory program of study
  • Successful defense of original thesis research to POSC
  • For Ph.D. students, satisfactory completion of written and oral preliminary examination
  • Professional presentation of thesis research as a departmental seminar
  • Preparation of a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
  • Formal evaluation of teaching efforts
  • Annual review of student progress by a committee of faculty
  • Secure professional-level position in a relevant area such as academia, industry, government, or health care

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Brenda Emery

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