Asian American Studies, B.A.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Asian American Studies:
- Describe the diversity among and the complexity within Asian American and Pacific Islander ethnic groups.
- Demonstrate a familiarity with the history of more than one Asian American and/or Pacific Islander ethnic group before and after arrival in the United States where appropriate, including the obstacles they have faced and the contributions they have made to our society.
- Identify important similarities and differences between Asian American and Pacific Islander and non-Asian and Pacific Islander groups.
- Identify important similarities and differences between Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans.
Critical Thinking and Communicating:
- Understand and be able to utilize various methodologies used in Asian American Studies.
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically, to write clearly and to speak persuasively, including the use of technology and multimedia tools, where appropriate.
- Possess information competency skills, defined as:
- the ability to determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
- the ability to access needed information effectively and efficiently
- the ability to evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate information into his or her knowledge base and value system
- the ability to use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
- the ability to understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and uses of information ethically and legally
Social Awareness and Civic Engagement:
- Possess knowledge about local Asian American and Pacific Islander communities outside the university.
- Identify, understand, and be able to discuss the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the contexts in which they exist.