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Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Social Science
Teacher Education
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Behavioral Sciences

Gerontology

  1. Identify the needs of older adults and assess different approaches to address those needs. (IL)
  2. Explain the cognitive, physical, and social changes associated with older adulthood. (IA)
  3. Apply perspectives from two or more disciplines to understanding the needs of older adults. (IL)

Psychology

  1. Explain and/or apply principles, skills, values, or ethics of psychology. (PS)
  2. Apply appropriate research methods to critically analyze human behavior. (IA)
  3. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of sociocultural and international diversity. (D)

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Business/Economics

Business

  1. Demonstrate quantitative literacy in a variety of business contexts. (Q)
  2. Interpret and analyze information to solve problems or make decisions. (IA)
  3. Use appropriate writing methods to communicate concepts in business environments. (W)

Economics

  1. Apply relevant theoretical models to explore microeconomic and macroeconomic issues. (IA)
  2. Demonstrate quantitative literacy in the context of economic behavior. (Q)
  3. Use appropriate writing methods to effectively communicate economic concepts. (W)

Entrepreneurship (stand-alone minor)

  1. Explain the unique characteristics of the entrepreneurial business environment. (PS)
  2. Interpret and analyze information to solve problems or make decisions related to business start-ups and small business management. (IA)
  3. Use appropriate writing methods to communicate concepts relevant to entrepreneurs. (W)

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Computer Science

Computer Science

  1. Demonstrate expertise in software engineering practices. (PS)
  2. Master software development and project management tools consistent with current industry standards. (PS)
  3. Exhibit autodidactic qualities through individual studies, group projects and research opportunities.  (IA)

Information Systems

  1. Design and implement information system solutions to meet organizational needs. (IA)
  2. Identify opportunities and implement systems using information technology to improve organizational efficiency and productivity. (PS)
  3. Manage ongoing information system operations. (PS)

Master of Science in Management & Information Systems

  1. Develop a thorough understanding of the core foundational computing principles that underlie modern information systems. (Grad:SK)
  2. Demonstrate the technical communication skills needed to interact with IT industry professionals. (Grad:W)
  3. Learn fundamental business practices (e.g., accounting, finance, data analysis, management and marketing) which will enhance their ability to understand a business’s information needs and to develop better systems to address those needs. (Grad:SK)

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Creative Arts

Art/Visual Communication Design

  1. Cultivate lifelong strategies for creative thinking, skill-building, and active practice of art and design. (PS)
  2. Engage the world through critical inquiry and design process, and analyze art and design in context. (IA)
  3. Integrate vision, language, form, and materials for communication and self-expression. (IL)

The Arts

Dance

  1. Demonstrate a significant body of theoretical, cultural, and historical knowledge pertaining to the field of dance. (PS)
  2. Integrate and independently apply dance skills, abilities, theories and/or methodologies. (IL)
  3. Connect ideas, synthesize techniques, and transfer that knowledge into current dance practices. (IL)

Music

  1. Demonstrate artistic proficiency for music careers, such as performance, composition, writing, production, research, and teaching. (IL)
  2. Possess an awareness of the role of music arts in society. (D)
  3. Produce scholarly creative projects, solve professional problems independently, and demonstrate a well-developed intellectual/ aesthetic focus.(IL)

Master of Music (M.M.)

  1. Be knowledgeable and articulate about the practices and works of the music from the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the core of musical knowledge prior to these centuries. (Grad:BIK)
  2. Develop advanced levels of expertise in their concentration areas and apply the knowledge in a broad range of musical environments. (Grad:ACL)
  3. Develop self-awareness as artists, educators, and musical leaders. (Grad:CGK)

Theatre Arts

  1. Integrate theatrical processes from playwriting to post-production; connecting ideas, synthesizing techniques, and transferring that knowledge to current theatre production and future production beyond the campus. (IL)
  2. Engage in creative thinking; synthesize existing ideas in original ways, characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking. (PS)
  3. Incorporate processes of exploring and analyzing theatrical works through literary, stylistic, and cultural dimensions of theatre. (IA)

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Deaf Studies and Professional Studies

ASL/English Interpreting

  1. Demonstrate the academic foundation and world knowledge essential to effective interpreting. (IA)
  2. Analyze communication situations and apply appropriate problem solving approaches as needed. (IL)
  3. Interpret accurately between American Sign Language and English and collaborate effectively in a variety of settings and across a range of subject matter. (D)

ASL Studies

  1. Depict language mastery in ASL linguistics including the ability to express and comprehend ASL. (D)
  2. Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of Deaf culture and Deaf history perspectives in a global society.  (D)
  3. Develop strong background knowledge and skills suitable for pursuing careers in education, government, social services, graduate work and life-long learning of ASL. (IL)

Interpreting Studies (Graduate Program)

  1. Exemplify reflective practice in interpreting and teaching through observation, application, analysis, and supervision. (Grad-IS:Eth)
  2. Contribute to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education. (Grad-IS:W
  3. Exhibit advanced competence in interpreting effectiveness. (ACL)
  4. Provide quality leadership in interpreter education.  (BIK)

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the rehabilitation counseling related theories and policies (Grad:BIK)
  2. Demonstrate competency in facilitating employment, independent living, community integration, and personal adjustment for individuals who are Deaf or have disabilities and come from diverse cultural backgrounds. (Grad: SK)
  3. Show commitment to professional excellence and leadership through the practice of ethical behavior and integrity (Grad-IS:Eth)

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Health & Exercise Science

Community Health Education

  1. Plan effective strategies, interventions and programs based on assessment of individual and community needs. (IA)
  2. Implement and evaluate programs. (Q)
  3. Coordinate, communicate and advocate for research-based practices. (IL)

Exercise Science

  1. Plan effective exercise and movement interventions based on assessment of individual, environmental, and task constraints, and on assessment of interactions among constraints. (IA)
  2. Implement and evaluate strategies, interventions, and programs. (Q)
  3. Demonstrate professional development and advocate for research-based practices within exercise science. (IL)

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Humanities

Communication Studies

  1. Learn and apply communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts. (IA)
  2. Create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context. (IA)
  3. Critically analyze targeted messages. (IA)

English/Linguistics

  1. Develop a capacity for close attention to language structure and language use.
  2. Develop familiarity with and appreciation for major authors, literary movements and genres, and their place in the development of American, British, and other literatures.
  3. Build the skills required to write persuasive, coherent explications of literary texts, to appropriately support arguments with both primary and secondary source material and to properly employ the conventions of documentation as a foundation for writing effective critical essays in upper-division courses.
  4. Develop familiarity with the core issues in writing studies.
  5. Analyze Issues in language usage, language variation, language acquisition and history of the English language. (IA)
  6. Explain and analyze structure and function in the English language system at multiple linguistic levels. (PS)
  7. Analyze the relationship between individuals and the multiple discourse communities they belong to. (PS)

English/Literature

  1. Develop a capacity for close attention to language structure and language use.
  2. Develop familiarity with and appreciation for major authors, literary movements and genres, and their place in the development of American, British, and other literatures.
  3. Build the skills required to write persuasive, coherent explications of literary texts, to appropriately support arguments with both primary and secondary source material and to properly employ the conventions of documentation as a foundation for writing effective critical essays in upper-division courses.
  4. Develop familiarity with the core issues in writing studies.
  5. Situate each literary work within its cultural traditions and genres. (IA)
  6. Apply theories and research methods to analyze and interpret literature. (PS)
  7. Analyze how literature relates to culture, society, and the individual. (PS)

English/Writing

  1. Develop a capacity for close attention to language structure and language use.
  2. Develop familiarity with and appreciation for major authors, literary movements and genres, and their place in the development of American, British, and other literatures.
  3. Build the skills required to write persuasive, coherent explications of literary texts, to appropriately support arguments with both primary and secondary source material and to properly employ the conventions of documentation as a foundation for writing effective critical essays in upper-division courses.
  4. Develop familiarity with the core issues in writing studies.
  5. Demonstrate applications of varied writing styles, creative and professional genres, and rhetorical strategies and conventions. (W)
  6. Demonstrate competency with invention, drafting, and revision processes as both writer and critic through activities such as workshops, peer reviews, and group projects. (PS)
  7. Demonstrate competency in creating text-appropriate sentences as well as in editing for syntactic and stylistic punctuation and conventions. (PS)

French (stand-alone minor)

  1. Speak, aurally comprehend, write and read French at a level suitable for graduate education or careers in business, government, social services, tourism. (PS)
  2. Explain and apply French cultural and historical perspectives to events and ideas in a globalized society. (D)
  3. Analyze and critique original texts and cultural artifacts from French/Francophone sources. (PS)

German

  1. Cultural awareness (D)
  2. Language proficiency (PS)
  3. Historical perspective (IL)
  4. Interpret data (Q)

Humanities

  1. Creatively integrate and apply perspectives from multiple Humanities disciplines to understand language, culture, literary art, and/or religious and philosophical thought. (PS)
  2. Critically analyze ideas and language in several Humanities disciplines. (PS)
  3. Effectively communicate concepts studied in Humanities disciplines in writing and/or speech, adapting to meet the needs of multiple audiences. (W)

Religious Studies

  1. Describe the basic beliefs associated with major world religious traditions, so that when a person identifies themselves as belonging to a particular religion the student would have some sense of what that person believes.  (PS)
  2. Describe the origins and history of religious traditions, and he institutional structures that have developed within a tradition and how religious authority is distributed within those institutions. (PS)
  3. Describe the worship practices of major world religious traditions, how the basic beliefs of each tradition are enacted in rituals and in prayer. (PS)
  4. Analyze how the cultural traditions and moral principles that develop in societies are related to the beliefs and practices of the religion(s) practiced in those societies. (D)
  5. Critically but charitably compare world religious traditions with each other, recognizing where their beliefs and practices come into conflict and/or harmonize. (D)

Philosophy

  1. Possess critical-thinking and problem solving skills needed to analyze and evaluate ideas, as they arise within philosophy, and also in all areas of intellectual inquiry. (IA)
  2. Critically analyze the origins of their own beliefs, values, and ideas, and those from different cultural and historical contexts. (IA)
  3. Know the fundamental theories in the history of philosophy, and be able to effectively communicate and discuss philosophical theories as they arise not only within philosophy, but in all areas of intellectual inquiry, and develop arguments and think both logically and creatively. (IA)

Spanish

  1. Speak, aurally comprehend, write and read Spanish at a level suitable for graduate education or careers in business, government, social services, or tourism. (W)
  2. Explain and apply Hispanic cultural and historical perspectives to events and ideas in a globalized society. (D)
  3. Analyze and critique original texts and cultural artifacts from Peninsular, Latin American, U.S. Latino sources. (IA)

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Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

  1. Define your own learning goals. (PS)
  2. Design an interdisciplinary program of study for achievement of those goals. (PS)
  3. Differentiate the ways of knowing, the conventions, and methods used in your areas of study. (IA)
  4. Explain appropriate theoretical and practical connections among the areas of study in your program.  (IL)
  5. Demonstrate reflection and self-assessment in completing your program of study. (IL)

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Natural Science and Mathematics

Biology

  1. Demonstrate mastery of key concepts from the many disciplines within the biological sciences. (PS)
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking through laboratory experimentation, field research, and data analysis and interpretation. (IA)
  3. Apply concepts and skills from multiple courses to engage in advanced studies and research. (IL)

Chemistry

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry. (PS)
  2. Employ critical thinking and quantitative analytical skills to solve problems, and evaluate scientific data. (Q)
  3. Use and apply of laboratory methods and scientific instrumentation to investigate a scientific hypothesis, conduct experiments, analyze data, and interpret results.  (IA)
  4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills including the ability to transmit complex scientific or technical information in a clear and concise manner. (W)
  5. Gather, comprehend, apply, and communicate credible information on scientific and technical topics and recognize the proper use of scientific data, principles and theories to assess the quality of stated conclusions.  (IA)
  6. Demonstrate ethical awareness and conduct with regards to: (1) honesty in data reporting; (2) the safety of practitioners, test subjects and the local community/environment; and (3) their social responsibility to recognize the impact that our actions have on the natural and human world. (PS)

Earth Science

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological processes operating in the Earth system.  (PS)
  2. Apply technology-based methods to solve geologic problems and communicate results. (PS)
  3. Conduct scientific investigations in laboratory and field settings. (IA)

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Mathematics

  1. Demonstrate the effective use of mathematical skills to solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts. (Q)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make rigorous mathematical arguments in axiomatic and non-axiomatic systems. (PS)
  3. Demonstrate effective written communication of mathematical concepts. (W)

Physics (stand-alone minor)

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Social Science

Anthropology

  1. Describe the four subdisciplines of anthropology and discuss how they interrelate to support holistic understanding of the human condition across cultures and through time. (IL)
  2. Apply problem-solving anthropological investigative approaches to advance understanding of culture. (IA)
  3. Critically examine human behavior and cultural diversity in their own and other societies. (D)

Criminal Justice

  1. Explain and analyze the role of each component of the criminal justice field and how they relate to each other. (IL)
  2. Analyze and articulate the multitude of issues, theories, policies, practices, and current challenges related to the ethical administration of justice in a free society. (PS)
  3. Apply basic theories and practices in real world contexts. (IL)

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

  1. Analyze the organizational structures and management challenges that define the field of criminal justice. (Grad-SK)
  2. Use methods of social science research to investigate problems and questions in the field of criminal justice. (Grad-IS:Info)
  3. Apply theory-to-practice within the criminal justice environment. (ACL)

Geography

  1. Explain important elements of geographic thought and practice. (PS)
  2. Interpret the interrelationships between people, space and place. (IL)
  3. Analyze human-environment relations. (IA)
  4. Interpret the interrelationships between people, space and place. (D)

History

  1. Critically analyze, synthesize, and evaluate primary and secondary historical sources. (IA)
  2. Engage multiple historical methodologies and multiple sources to produce well-researched written work. (W)
  3. Explain historical developments across multiple cultures and regions. (D)

Homeland Security Certificate

  1. Learn emergency preparedness strategies and skills through a blended, adult-learning approach including classroom discussion, problem-based learning (PBL), hands on activities, and practical demonstrations. (IL)
  2. Learn how to lead and direct collaborative emergency preparedness strategies at local, state, and federal agencies. (IL)
  3. Master the required skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for successful leadership in crisis management at the federal, state, and local levels. (IL)

International Studies

  1. Apply interdisciplinary approaches to critically analyze issues of global significance. (IL)
  2. Demonstrate reading, speaking and writing skills of a second language at a “general professional proficiency” level. (D)
  3. Increase cross cultural knowledge through an international experience and regional study. (D)

Political Science

  1. Critically analyze political problems. (IA)
  2. Understand the structure and processes of local, state, national and foreign governments. (IL)
  3. Develop skills in research, writing, public outreach, advocacy and leadership. (W)

Public Policy and Administration

  1. Analyze issues in public administration and policy.  (IL)
  2. Analyze the administrative context, politics and practical implications of public choices. (IL)
  3. Demonstrate skills in internal and external organizational communication, public outreach and advocacy.  (W)

Social Science

  1. Critically analyze social issues from two or more disciplinary perspectives. (IL)
  2. Effectively communicate about social issues in speech and in writing.  (W)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to research the nature and consequences of social action in specific contexts. (IA)

Sociology

  1. Investigate social issues and structures of social inequality through critical research and analysis. (IA)
  2. Explain and analyze the complex interactions among individuals, institutions and society. (IA)
  3. Effectively communicate and discuss social theories and research findings as they relate to social problems. (W)

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Teacher Education

Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in evidence-based methods to teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the knowledge and skills to train, coach and lead other school personnel in meeting the unique needs of students with ASD (Grad-IS:W)
  2. Demonstrate mastery in all ASD Standards and Competencies to meet requirements for the ASD Specialization by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (Grad:ACL)
  3. Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and leadership through establishing goals for ongoing professional development in the field of ASD (Grad-IS:Eth)

Early Childhood Studies

  1. Develop reflective teacher leaders who are advocates for young children and their families. (PS)
  2. Create an inclusive climate where diversity is valued. (D)
  3. Demonstrate evidence of appropriate content knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to provide quality care and early education for all young children(birth-4th grade) and their families. (PS)

Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leadership (Specialization and MS Ed specialty)

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge for teaching mathematics. (Grad: Q)
  2. Develop pedagogical knowledge for teaching mathematics.  (Grad: SK)
  3. Apply leadership knowledge and skills.  (Grad: ACL)

ESOL (Endorsement and MS Ed specialty)

  1. Prepare teachers to understand how first and second languages are acquired and developed, and apply research-based teaching and assessment practices that address the needs of English language learners in a variety of school settings. [Grad:SK]
  2. Prepare teachers to foster a classroom climate that is inclusive in all diversity, and understand the influence of culture on students’ learning process and academic achievement. (Grad-IS:EDP)
  3. Prepare teachers who are knowledgeable about policies related to the education of English language learners, and who collaborate with colleagues, administrators and families to meet their learners’ needs. (IS:W)

Instructional Design Certificate (Graduate)

  1. Design instruction for online and face-to-face learning that addresses the diverse needs of learners. (Grad: SK)
  2. Create effective educational materials in multiple types of media. (Grad: W)
  3. Provide support for instructional uses of technology through tutorials, instructional presentations, and one-on-one mentoring. (Grad: SK)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

  1. Plan instruction that supports student progress in learning and is appropriate for the development level of students. (Grad: SK)
  2. Establish a classroom climate conducive to learning. (Grad: ACL)
  3. Engage students in planned learning activities through the Education Teacher Performance Assessment. (Grad: AI)

Master of Science in Education

  1. Effectively use advanced content knowledge and educational technologies. (Grad: SK)
  2. Analyze data and evidence to support learning and engage in change. (Grad: ACL)
  3. Apply learning theories, educational data, and research in education in a variety of contexts (Grad: SK)
  4. Demonstrate professional growth, dispositions and leadership appropriate to their field in education. (Grad: CGL)

Master of Science in Education:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

  1. Be motivated to participate in lifelong intellectual work through theory and practice to generate educational knowledge that benefits children, families, and communities.  (Grad-SI:AI)
  2. Be leaders in the field of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, such as teachers, researchers, and specialists. (Grad:SK)
  3. Advocate and engage in collaborative inquiry in diverse and inclusive settings. (Grad-SI:Eth)
  4. Engage in research in areas affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, such as Deaf-Blindness, Academic Achievement, Transition Education, and the impact of Early Intervention. (Grad:SK)

Master of Science in Education:  Information Technology (MS Ed)

  1. Recognize, evaluate, and apply technological tools (software and hardware) to support teaching and learning in diverse environments. (Grad: SK)
  2. Develop critical thinking tools to evaluate information and media accuracy, relevance, and propriety. (Grad: AI)
  3. Build capacity to adapt to and work with, diverse media types across multiple platforms to create and support authentic learning relevant to the learners and their learning contexts. (Grad: SK)

Special Education (Endorsement and MS Ed)

  1. Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and leadership through the practice of ethical behavior and integrity via professional learning communities and a formal research paper. (Grad:Eth)
  2. Facilitate the education, independent living, school and community integration and personal adjustment of individuals with disabilities taking into account diverse cultural backgrounds via a class presentation and a formal research paper. (Grad-IS:W)
  3. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the field of special education and related services that includes knowledge of theories, policies, and instructional practices that influenced the field. (Grad:ACL)

Reading (Endorsement and MS Ed specialty)

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for effective education practice in the specific role of the reading specialist as outlined by the International Literacy Association’s standards for reading professionals. (Grad:SK)
  2. Understand and embrace a holistic approach to reading instruction and assessment that considers the social, cultural, cognitive, and linguistic aspects of literacy. (Grad:EDP)
  3. Able to locate, incorporate and utilize multiple sources of authentic methods and materials for theoretically, culturally, and developmentally appropriate instruction. (Grad:W)

Undergraduate Teacher Education

  1. Demonstrate evidence of appropriate content knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for attaining high achievement for all PK-12 students. (IL)
  2. Create a climate where diversity is valued. (D)
  3. Successfully affect the learning and development of PK-12 students in schools. (PS)

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Other Programs

First-Year Writing

  1. Assert and defend a thesis that argues a position in response to a task or for a purpose, while anticipating counterclaims.  (IA)
  2. Integrate relevant evidence for the audience, context, and purpose, including reliable documented sources. (W)
  3. Use syntactically fluent and lexically appropriate language that adheres to the conventions of Standard Written English to develop and support ideas. (W)
  4. reflect and document procedural knowledge gained in the area of writing strategies that minimize challenges and maximize strengths–e.g., invention, organization, revision strategies, language decisions. (IL)

Honors

  1. Integrate concepts/perspectives across multiple disciplines, including (but not limited to) creative arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.  (IL)
  2. Analyze and/or critique significant issues of the human experience through communication and collaborative projects. (IA)
  3. Complete a capstone project that addresses a substantive question or problem through research, synthesis, and/or creative response. (W)

PURE (Program for Undergraduate Research Experience)

  1. Practice formal and professional communication of research and creative work conducted through the university’s academic programs. (IL)
  2. Discuss scholarly and creative work in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings. (IL)
  3. Demonstrate the role of empirical research, investigation, and original scholarly and creative work in the production of knowledge and meaning. (IL)

 

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