Mission, Goals, and SLOs

The Comparative Religion and Humanities Department: Mission Statement

The Comparative Religion and Humanities Department at California State University, Chico exists to (1) educate students in the scholarly interpretation of the phenomenon of religion and the world's major religious traditions, together with the arts and ideas of a variety of world traditions in their historical, religious, cultural, social, and linguistic contexts; (2) cultivate understanding of and respect for cultural and religious diversity (and non-religious perspectives) as an integral part of education for citizenship in a pluralistic society and world; (3) advance the disciplines of comparative religion and humanities through a commitment to scholarly inquiry, research, and discussion; and (4) promote informed public dialogue about religion and the humanities, including their roles in political, social, and cultural conflicts.

The B.A. in Humanities: Mission Statement

The Humanities Program at California State University, Chico exists to:

  • educate students in the appreciation, scholarly analysis and critical assessment of the artistic and intellectual creations of Western and non-western cultures;
  • promote student understanding of the disciplines that comprise the study of the humanities together with the aesthetic, intellectual, political, and religious dimensions of culture;
  • deepen students' appreciation of the development of ideas and artistic creations in changing historical and social contexts;
  • empower students to exceptional fluency in written and oral communication;
  • cultivate an appreciation of the relationship between language and the humanities through significant study of a foreign language;
  • and encourage a deep knowledge and personal experience of a foreign culture.

Goals & Objectives

Graduates of the CSU, Chico Program in Humanities will

  • G1. Possess an appreciation of the nature, scope, and historical contingency of the development of Western and select non-western cultures, including intellectual traditions, the arts and architecture, and language and literature.
  • G2. Understand how the methodologies common to the academic disciplines that comprise the Humanities (including philosophy, religious studies, history, languages and literatures, art, music, and theatre) are effectively employed in the study of texts or other cultural artifacts.
  • G3.Acquire the skills of critical reading, listening, and reasoning that foster conversation and the study of the humanities
  • G4. Develop the ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing in a variety of formats.
  • G5. Develop foreign language reading and comprehension skills at the second semester intermediate level in a modern language or at the second semester beginning level in a classical language.
  • G6. Gain familiarity with the study of humanistic cultural artifacts originating from a foreign culture.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • SLO1. Students can demonstrate factual knowledge of the emergence and development of a set of ideas, an artistic form or medium, or a religious, philosophical, or artistic tradition.
  • SLO2. Students will be able to apply a methodological approach shared by academic discipline in the humanities.
  • SLO3a. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform close analysis of the ideas and structure of a given cultural artifact.
  • SLO3b. Students will be able to assess the effectiveness and value of a given cultural artifact using standards appropriate to the medium and cultural origin of the work.
  • SLO4a. Students can make clear, well organized, and substantive written presentations.
  • SLO4b. Students can make clear, well organized, and substantive oral presentations.
  •  SLO5. Students will be able to read and comprehend beginning or intermediate level prose in the target language.
  • SLO6. Students will compose written reflections on a foreign nation or culture, during the course of study abroad or CSU, Chico coursework, that demonstrate a broad understanding of some of the following: art, architecture, language, literature, politics and current events, history, ethnography, geography, religion, philosophy, music, or theater.

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