Women's Studies B.A. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

Women's Studies provides an opportunity and frameworks for examining women and gender in relations to race, class, sexuality, multiculturalism, and globalization. The program emphasizes the interdisciplinary development of critical thinking, inquiry and analysis, ethical reasoning and practice, and local and global learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to define and describe issues concerning women and gender in relation to race, class, sexuality, colonialism, multiculturalism, and/or globalization.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students completing introductory coursework will be able to: identify issues concerning women and gender (benchmark); describe issues concerning women and gender and/or make critical connection(s) between a women's or gender issue and race, class, sexuality, colonialism, multiculturalism, and/or globalization (low level milestone)
Assessment Method
  • Students in all WMST 101 courses will have a number of shared exam questions

2. Students will be able to critically compare and appraise theories, methods, and representations of women, gender, and feminism.

Student Performance Indicators
  • To be determined Spring 2014: mid-level milestone; capstone
Assessment Method
  • To be determined and enacted Spring 2014; assessment to take place in 400 level course

3. Students will be able to compare and distinguish among historical understandings of gender in relation to structural inequality, social movements, and labor struggles.

Student Performance Indicators
  • To be determined Spring 2014; mid-level milestone
Assessment Method
  • To be determined and enacted Spring 2014; assessment to take place in GRI 257

4. Students will be able to integrate and demonstrate comprehension of course content through oral presentations and critical, creative, and expository writing appropriate to audience.

Student Performance Indicators
  • To be determined Spring 2014: mid-level milestones in one or more categories; capstone achievements in one or more categories
Assessment Method
  • To be determined Spring 2014; enacted Fall 2014

5. Students will be able to analyze gender and feminism from an interdisciplinary perspective, using a range of appropriate methodological tools.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Critical discussion of appropriate feminist theory and application of it to a cultural issue or production pertaining to women or gender. (mid-level milestone.)
Assessment Method
  • Analysis of assignment in WMST 250, Introduction to Feminist Theory. Students will be asked to critically discuss appropriate feminist theory and apply it to a cultural issue or production pertaining to women or gender. Women's Studies faculty will develop rubric to assess component factors appropriate to mid-level milestone.

6. Students will be able to integrate academic studies in Women's Studies into personal and professional goals and be able to formulate and implement theoretically informed political, cultural, and community action.

Student Performance Indicators
  • To be determined Spring 2014
Assessment Method
  • To be determined Spring 2014; enacted Spring 2015