Student Learning Outcomes
The Black Studies Department is built upon an interdisciplinary curriculum (i.e. History, Psychology, Sociology, English, Literature, Political Science, Speech Art, Music, etc.) . Students who successfully complete the Black Studies Program will gain facility with:
- Critical Thinking: The Black Studies curriculum is designed to develop and challenge cognitive and creative thinking skills by incorporating oral, written, and creative assignments that enhance students research, analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Self-Awareness and Interpersonal Skills: Students will learn to be self defined and develop the ability to see themselves in others by participating in group assignments, open discussions and experiential activities. Students will learn to analyze their own actions, understand and respect the perspectives of others, while working effectively with people in groups.
- Communication: Students will develop the confidence and ability to express themselves in an oral, written, and creative manner. By participating in a variety of learning opportunities (lectures, seminars, field trips, performances, etc.) students enhance and expand their ability to articulate critical thinking which is applicable to all learning experiences.
- Personal Actions and Civic Responsibility: Students will develop a personal sense of responsibility through an understanding of how they are connected to their community and society at large. By participating in service learning activities and volunteerism students will develop community consciousness and commitment.
- Technological Awareness: Students are given opportunities to enhance their understanding of technology through required assignments, projects, and presentation.
- Global Awareness: Students will learn to analyze content and context of cultures around the world by comparing and contrasting how people do the same things in different ways. This will enable them to take responsibility for their actions and make ethical decisions with an understanding of its impact globally.
- Life Mastery Skills: Students will develop consciousness, confidence, and competence through the interdisciplinary structure of Black Studies. Students develop a practical application of critical thinking, self awareness, communication, personal actions, civic responsibility, global and technology awareness. As a result, students know and understand that they have the power and ability to make decisions that make a difference on a personal, professional and global level.