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School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

Student assessments and outcomes are used to measure the degree of congruence between the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies’ program mission and goals and the student learning outcomes in terms of critical thinking, writing skills, and language skills, so that students can be competitive in both the workplace and distinguished graduate and professional programs. From these assessments we will continually examine the undergraduate program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies in order to make any needed changes and improvements.

MENAS Mission Statement

 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Master of Arts

In order to graduate with an MA in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, students are expected:

  1. Demonstrate throrough knowledge of at least one field of Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
  2. Achieve advanced proficiency in one Middle Eastern language, or intermediate level if on the professional track.
  3. Achieve basic knowledge of the theoretical concepts and research methods of a specific academic discipline related to Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to present scholarly analysis and research in clearly written manner.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct synthetic research using primary sources on a topic in Middle East and North African Studies (thesis track only).

Ph.D.

In order to graduate with a PhD in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate expert knowledge of a specific field of Middle Eastern and North African studies.
  2. Achieve high proficiency in one Middle Eastern language and intermediate proficiency in a second.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to teach undergraduate students effectively.
  4. Achieve full competence in the theoretical concepts and research methods of a specific academic discipline related to Middle Eastern and North African Studies.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to present scholarly analysis and research in clear, well-structured and persuasive writing.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to develop a research question of relevance to Middle East and North African Studies and successfully gather evidence and formulate arguments pertaining to it.

 

Assessment Activities: 

Master of Arts

 

 

 

Assessment Activities

Learning Outcomes

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Knowledge

Languages

Disciplinary Training

Writing Skills

Research Skills

Annual Student Self Review

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Annual Student Review by Advisor

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MA Thesis

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Assessment Rubrics

1.      Knowledge

Achievement of Outcome

Demonstrates thorough knowledge of at least one field (familiarity with major topics, history, major figures).

Advanced

Has taken two courses in a specific MENAS field, including pre-MA.

Intermediate

Has taken one course in a specific MENAS field, including pre-MA.

Elementary

Is taking their first courses in a specific MENAS field.

2.      Languages

Achievement of Outcome

Has completed the third year level or equivalent (professional track: second year).

Advanced

Has completed the second year level (professional track: first year).

Intermediate

Has completed the first year level or lower (professional track: beginning).

Elementary

Is beginning study of a MENAS language.

3.      Disciplinary Training

Achievement of Outcome

Has achieved basic knowledge of the theoretical concepts and research methods of a specific academic discipline.

Advanced

Has nearly achieved basic knowledge of the theoretical concepts and research methods of a specific academic discipline.

Intermediate

Has made some progress in a specific academic discipline.

Elementary

Is beginning course work that deals with a specific academic discipline.

4.      Writing Skills

Achievement of Outcome

Writes in a polished manner.

Advanced

Writes in a clear manner that requires minimal editing.

Intermediate

Writes in a manner that requires some editing to be adequate.

Elementary

Writes in a poor manner that requires significant editing to be adequate.

5.      Research Skills

Achievement of Outcome

Demonstrates the ability to conduct synthetic research that grasps the arguments of existing research and engages with them on a scholarly level while incorporating some primary source material.

Advanced

Is able to grasp and engage with scholarly research but needs more work in researching primary sources.

Intermediate

Needs more course work to grasp and engage with scholarly research fully.

Elementary

Is at a beginning level in grasping and engaging with scholarly research.

Ph.D.

 

 

 

Assessment Activities

Learning Outcomes

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2

3

4

5

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Knowledge

Languages

Teaching Skills

Disciplinary Training

Writing Skills

Research Skills

Annual Student Self Review

x

x

x

x

x

x

Annual Student Review by Advisor

x

x

 

x

x

x

Teaching Observation

 

 

x

 

 

 

Comprehensive Exam

x

 

 

x

x

 

Dissertation Proposal

x

 

 

x

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Dissertation

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x

 

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Assessment Rubrics

1.      Knowledge

Achievement of Outcome

Demonstrates expert knowledge in a specific field, based on full familiarity with secondary and primary sources, as expected of an Assistant Professor.

Advanced

Demonstrates full familiarity with the secondary sources of their field.

Intermediate

Has achieved a thorough level of knowledge (multiple courses).

Elementary

Demonstrates less than a thorough level of knowledge (less than 3 courses).

2.      Languages

Achievement of Outcome

Can conduct research in one language and has completed the second year level in a second.

Advanced

Has completed the third year level in one language and the second year level in the second.

Intermediate

Needs one year to reach the third year level in one language and the second year level in the second.

Elementary

Needs more than one year to reach the third year level in one language and the second year level in the second.

3.      Teaching Skills

Achievement of Outcome

Can construct a course relevant to departmental needs and student interests and successfully teach the course with good evaluations.

Advanced

Can take a leadership role among fellow teaching assistants in general education courses and successfully teach an online course.

Intermediate

Can successfully fulfill the role of a teaching assistant with good evaluations.

Elementary

Needs more guidance and practice to be successful as a teaching assistant or has not yet  served as a teaching assistant.

4.      Disciplinary Training

Achievement of Outcome

Understands and engages with the theoretical concepts and research methods of a specific academic discipline at the level expected of an Assistant Professor.

Advanced

Has achieved an advanced level in disciplinary competence but cannot always justify or explain choice of concepts and methods.

Intermediate

Has achieved an intermediate level in disciplinary competence but needs more course work.

Elementary

Needs substantial coursework to attain competence in the theoretical concepts and research methods of a specific academic discipline at the professional level.

5.      Writing Skills

Achievement of Outcome

Written expression is at the publishable level.

Advanced

Writes in a clear manner that requires minimal editing for publication.

Intermediate

Writes in a manner that requires significant editing to be adequate for publication.

Elementary

Writes in a manner that requires substantial and extensive editing to be adequate for publication.

6.      Research Skills

Achievement of Outcome

Demonstrates the ability to conduct original research that is worthy of publication in a respected journal.

Advanced

Demonstrates the ability and qualifications to formulate a research question and conduct original research at the dissertation level.

Intermediate

Demonstrates the ability to conduct research at the level of a strong MA thesis.

Elementary

Demonstrates the ability to write good quality seminar papers.

 

Updated date: Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:30