Humanities – Learning Outcomes

Students who take courses in Humanities earn credit in the Visual, Linguistic, Performing Arts (VLPA) area of knowledge for the AA degree by

  • understanding language and languages as universal human phenomena and as tools of communication, persuasion, and self–expression
  • understanding the role of literature in expressing and reflecting aspects of human experience
  • understanding the role of drama, music, and art in expressing and reflecting all aspects of human experience.

Depending on the course taken, Humanities courses meet communication, critical thinking, global learning, and/or intercultural knowledge outcomes for the AA degree, as students

  • explain meaning of written work, presentations, arts, and media in different contexts
  • present oral, signed, written, or other forms of expression to increase knowledge, foster understanding, or promote change in an audience
  • explore issues, ideas, phenomena, and artifacts to define problems or to formulate hypotheses
  • analyze evidence to formulate an opinion, identify strategies, develop and implement solutions, evaluate outcomes, and/or draw conclusions
  • analyze complex, interdependent national and global systems, and their legacies and implications, in reference to the distribution of global power
  • reflect on how one's position in systems of power affects both local and global communities
  • apply a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts

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