In our department we have set three broad categories of Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) for what we expect students to know or be able to do after taking courses in our major and, to a lesser extent, minor programs.
Student Learning Outcomes for the German and Russian Major
- Language Proficiency
- Students will be able to initiate, maintain, and close a general conversation either in German or in Russian. [speaking]
- Students will be able to understand written examples of a variety of texts that treat familiar and unfamiliar topics and situations. [reading]
- Students will be able to understand main ideas and details of discourse that they hear. [listening]
- Students will be able to write informal and formal texts about familiar topics using simple discourse. [writing]
- Students will be able to describe the grammar they are using, reading, or listening to. [analyzing]
- Knowledge of Cultural Contexts
- Students will be able to appreciate the stylistic features that distinguish texts (from non-fiction and from the literary, visual, and performance arts).
- Students will be able to comment on the place of texts and genres within the cultural tradition.
- Students will be familiar with great works in the cultural tradition.
- Students will be able to discuss historical developments and periods in these cultures.
- Students will appreciate influences and contributions of German- or Russian-speaking peoples on American culture (through immigration, political outlooks and policies).
- Senior Project
- Students will have such familiarity with research methods that they can produce scholarly writings that draw on texts or other resources in German/Russian and in English.
- Students will demonstrate their ability to read those texts/resources critically.
- Students will demonstrate their ability to synthesize shared and opposing views.
- Students will demonstrate their ability to present their research findings effectively in a public setting.