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Stand Alone Minors and Certificates - Undergraduate Learning Outcomes


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Stand Alone Minors and Certificates - Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate Standalone Minors and Certificates

 

Aerospace Studies Minor

Student Learning Outcomes: Not yet Available.

Anthropology Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate a critical, historically informed understanding of anthropological inquiry, including concepts, theories, and methods that have been used to study human experience in all its variety.
2.Propose and conduct anthropological research using participant-observation, interviews, textual analysis, and other methods, as appropriate.
3.Identify and address ethical issues in research and representation, in both one's own and others' work.
4.Cultivate awareness and analysis of the role of "culture" in one's own and others' worldviews, practices, identities, and lived experience.
5.Engage with diverse people, perspectives, and practices in an open-minded, empathetic, and self-reflective manner.(Civic engagement)
6.Integrate questions, evidence, and interpretation effectively in written and oral presentations. (Writing)

Early Childhood Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Students know the subjects they are teaching. The student understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines she or he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for pupils.
2.Students know how children grow. The student understands how children with broad ranges of ability learn and provides instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development.
3.Students understand that children learn differently. The student understands how pupils differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and can adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of pupils, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
4.Students know how to teach. The student understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the appropriate use of technology, to encourage children's development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
5.Students know how to manage a classroom. The student uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
6.Students communicate well.The teacher uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
7.Teachers are able to plan different kinds of lessons.The teacher organizes and plans systematic instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, pupils, the community, and curriculum goals.
8.Teachers know how to test for student progress.The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the pupil.
9.Teachers are able to evaluate themselves.The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on pupils, parents, professionals in the learning community and others and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
10.Teachers are connected with other teachers and the community.The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support pupil learning and well-being and acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner.

Earth Science Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Understand the fundamental principles of Earth Science, including the nature of the interconnections between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere.
2.Appreciate the impact of Earth Science in a global and societal context. (global awareness)
3.Investigate earth materials (rocks, minerals, sediment and soils) and learn the skills to describe and identify this material in the field.
4.Learn critical thinking skills and apply knowledge of math and statistics to evaluate and solve geological problems using the scientific method.
5.Demonstrate the ability to acquire and communicate scientific data, ideas, and
interpretations through written, oral, visual, and digital means.
(writing)

English Language Arts Minor - Teaching (MC-EA)

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts of English/Language Arts.
2.Demonstrate the use of research-based instructional practices in English/Language Arts.
3.Demonstrate an understanding of and use formal and informal assessments in English/Language Arts.
4.Demonstrate the ability to plan different types of English/Language Arts lessons.

First Nation Studies Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Change in attitude, opinions, values, and perceptions of Native Culture.
2.Learn true Native History.
3.Learn various Native Contributions to American culture.
4.Learn the value of Native Language preservation with an emphasis on Anishenabemowin.
5.Develop the understanding of Native values, traditions, and spiritual beliefs along with the validation of oral history.
6.Learn the effects of Federal Indian Policy.

French Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language.
2.Explain aspects of the target language culture, including differences from their own cultures.
3.Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
4.Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
5.Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand and apply some of the basic principles of cartography, GPS, and GIS technology.
2. Continue integrating their knowledge of fundamental GIS technology.
3. Acquire laboratory work necessary to demonstrate knowledge of the GIS technology.
4. Develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.
5. Communicate project findings properly and effectively in written and oral forms.

Geography Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate knowledge of the major terms, themes and schools of thought of the discipline of geography. (GA)
2.Acquire spatial knowledge on a world scale and recognize the connection between human and physical geography (Human/environmental interaction)(GA)
3.Apply and demonstrate knowledge by conducting research using multiple primary and secondary sources.
4.Develop and hone critical thinking skills by considering varying theoretical perspectives, collecting and interpreting data and drawing conclusions that are data-driven.In upper-level classes, this process will include community agencies. (AS-L) (CE)Develop ah hone speaking and writing skills that are discipline appropriate. (WID)

Geography Minor - Teaching (MC-EA and EA-A)

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate knowledge of the major terms, themes and schools of thought of the discipline of geography. (GA)
2.Acquire spatial knowledge on a world scale and recognize the connection between human and physical geography (Human/environmental interaction)(GA)
3.Apply and demonstrate knowledge by conducting research using multiple primary and secondary sources.
4.Develop and hone critical thinking skills by considering varying theoretical perspectives, collecting and interpreting data and drawing conclusions that are data-driven.In upper-level classes, this process will include community agencies. (AS-L) (CE)
5.Develop ah hone speaking and writing skills that are discipline appropriate. (WID)
6. Produce lesson plans that demonstrate comprehension of geography concepts in a manner that makes the subject matter meaningful and relevant to students.

German Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language.
2.Explain aspects of the target language culture, including differences from their own cultures.
3.Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
4.Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
5.Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities.

German Minor - Teaching (MC-EA and EA-A)

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language.
2.Explain aspects of the target language culture, including differences from their own cultures.
3.Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
4.Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
5.Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities. Become prepared to teach a foreign language incorporating the Five Cs (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Community) as the standards for language learning.

Global Studies Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Become able to demonstrate: 1) basic knowledge of global geography and history; 2) basic knowledge of the global political/economic/social structures and institutional processes that link the local to the global; 3) basic methodological knowledge that fosters appreciation of other cultures (global awareness)
2.Develop knowledge and skills for democratic communication across cultures (global awareness)
3.
Become actively involved in global issues and cultivate the sense of global citizenship (global awareness)

Library Science Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Locate, analyze, synthesize, and ethically communicate information and knowledge in a variety of formats.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of print and electronic information retrieval procedures. 3. Demonstrate the ability to apply standards relevant to specific information service activities.
4. Teach others to use technology in the learning process.Be able to serve as a leader and advocate for the process of change through learning.

Library Science Education Minor - Initial Library Media Specialist

Student Learning Outcomes: Not yet available.

Library Science Education Minor - Professional Library Media Specialist (EC-A)

Student Learning Outcomes: Same as those for Library Science Minor.

Philosophy Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Analyze, interpret, and understand texts and discourse
2. Effectively identify, evaluate, and formulate arguments
3. Develop, organize, and express ideas in a precise, clear, effective, and systematic manner in writing, discussion, and oral presentations
4. Recognize and appreciate multiple perspectives and limitations of each perspective
5.A high degree of fluency with major philosophical traditions (and some non-canonical), figures, concepts, and methods.

Physics Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate a command of facts, theories, and concepts of physics, and ability to use this knowledge for problem solving and the development and understanding of higher-level concepts.
2.Safely perform experiments to verify and develop physical models/theories and record the results.
3.
Use and evaluate the quality of information or work from a variety of sources.

Physics Minor - Teaching (EA-A)

Student Learning Outcomes: Same as those for physics minor.

Spanish Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language.
2.Explain aspects of the target language culture, including differences from their own cultures.
3.Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
4.Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
5.Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities.

Spanish Minor - Teaching (MC-EA and EA-A)

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Demonstrate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language.
2.Explain aspects of the target language culture, including differences from their own cultures.
3.Understand how learning a foreign language positively impacts learning in other academic disciplines.
4.Identify similarities and differences between the target language and their native languages.
5.Demonstrate the importance of using the foreign language within their communities.
6. Become
prepared to teach a foreign language incorporating the Five Cs (Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Community) as the standards for language learning.

Water Resources Minor

Student Learning Outcomes: Not yet available.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

1.Analyze and challenge notions of femininity and masculinity in relation to people's experiences.
2.Recognize the varieties of masculinities and femininities that exist across time, cultures, space, etc.
3.Relate social structures and institutions to the creation and perpetuation of inequality.
4.Understand other social differences intersecting with gender.
5.Appreciate intersections of thought and action and engage in theoretically informed social and political action.
6.Employ experience as evidence for developing an understanding of power, privilege, and disadvantaging.

Writing Minor

Student Learning Outcomes:

* Each of these outcome categories is associated with a set of measurable performance criteria. For more information, contact the Writing Program Coordinator Jamie White Fernham.

1. Rhetorical Knowledge
2. Writing Process
3. Writerly Identity
4. Reading & Research
5. Knowledge of Conventions


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