The departments that form the College of Humanities offer a variety of major and minor programs at the undergraduate level. Departments in the College also have graduate programs leading to the M.A. and/or Ph. D. Degrees. The College of Humanities also contributes richly to the University’s general education program, collaborates on graduate interdisciplinary degrees such as the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Ph.D., and maintains important links to units such as Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Judaic Studies, and Mexican American Studies.
Undergraduate degrees in the College offer students rigorous discipline-specific training in areas of knowledge and prepare students with skills necessary for becoming responsible citizens and achieving success in public and private sector employment and in graduate level study. These skills include the ability to think critically, to conduct individual and group research, and to communicate ideas effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing. In many of our disciplines, students can undertake projects both in English and in other languages. A wide variety of excellent study-abroad programs offer students the opportunity to hone their linguistic skills, sharpen their cultural expertise, and critically evaluate their place as citizens of the world. Graduate degree programs educate students for a variety of career paths, including service in the public and private sectors, teaching at the community college and university levels, and advanced research in the humanities and social sciences. The graduate programs in the College of Humanities have an enviable record of placement of students in high-ranking Ph.D. programs at excellent universities and in a plethora of venues in both the public and private sectors.
Assessment is integral to every aspect of our programs in the College of Humanities. Second language programs are assessed and articulated to statewide and national norms. Internal outcomes assessments provide comprehensive feedback on programs’ success in meeting stated goals. Concrete measures are undertaken to gather information from program graduates. The various assessment activities provide our programs with data that we use to ensure that we are achieving our desired student learning outcomes.