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Classics, BA

Student Outcomes

Assessment of Student Outcomes

Outcome A.1=SLO1 Classics BA: Primary and Secondary Sources

Classics majors are able to critically analyze primary source material pertinent to a research question in the discipline.
Objective 1 In CLA 195, students produce written critiques of primary source material with reference to an introductory-level research question.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Student learning was assessed in a series of identical assignments in CLA 195 F17 and W18, directing students to analyze primary source material in 4 Reports. 100% of students met or exceeded the threshold.

2018 Status
Achieved
Student learning was assessed in a series of assignments identical to those used in the course in F17 and W18, directing students to analyze primary source material in a series of reports. We chose to continue with this set of assignments F18 in order to gather additional data comparable to that collected in previous iterations.

Objective 2 In CLA 195, students produce a source study (such as an annotated bibliography), using primary sources, that effectively presents and evaluates the relevance of the sources for the proposed project.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
In a final Portfolio assignment students were asked to plan revision on two Reports, reflect on the process of analyzing primary source material through description, and reflect on the importance of analytical description.

2018 Status
Achieved
In a final assignment, students reflected upon the process of analyzing primary source material, and reflected upon issues such as genre, perspective, bias, and limitations. Students also considered ways to address those limitations through expanded research beyond single sources.

Outcome A.2=SLO2 Classics BA: Primary and Secondary Sources

Classics majors are able to identify and critically analyze secondary source material pertinent to a research question in the discipline.
Objective 22 In CLA 395, students produce written critiques of secondary source material with reference to a discipline-appropriate research question.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Students produced three scaffolded written critiques of secondary source material (provided by the instructor for the first two efforts) in response to set research questions.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students produced three scaffolded written critiques of secondary source material (provided by the instructor for the first two efforts) in response to set research questions.

Objective 23 In CLA 395, students produce a source study (such as an annotated bibliography), using secondary sources, that effectively presents and evaluates the relevance of the sources for a proposed project.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Students completed a Literature Review for a projected discipline-appropriate research project of their own choice. The review included annotated bibliography, secondary source critique, and proposal for future research. Peer workshops, at strategic points over the course of the semester, helped students to hit progress benchmarks in assessible ways.

2018 Status
Achieved
Students completed a Literature Review for a projected discipline-appropriate research project of their own choice. The review included annotated bibliography, secondary source critique, and proposal for future research. Peer workshops, at strategic points over the course of the semester, helped students to hit progress benchmarks in assessible ways.

Outcome B.1=SLO3 Classics BA: Greek and Latin Contexts

Classics majors are able to analyze ancient Greek or classical Latin texts using tools appropriate at the 202 level, and apply appropriate knowledge of Greco-Roman culture, history, and literature to the interpretation of Greek or Latin poetic text or texts.
Objective 24 In GRK 202 or LAT 202, students read passages of the target language and perform tasks that measure facility in the analysis of structure and syntax, and of meaning.

Measure 1

2019 Status
Achieved
Targets were met in both 200-level courses. GRK 202: Students were required to translate passages of Homeric Greek, analyze syntax, and demonstrate reading comprehension on a final exam. 3 of 4 students met the proficiency score or better on targeted questions on the final exam. Students were required to complete a written project that demonstrated their familiarity with the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG), an online language tool. 4 of 4 students met the proficiency score on the TLG project. LAT 202: Students translated passages of Augustan-era Latin, analyzed syntax and diction, and demonstrated reading comprehension on a final exam. 75% of students in LAT 202 (8 of 10) in W2019 met or exceeded the standard of work in the Intermediate High range, as assessed on the final exam. Students were required to complete a written project that demonstrated their familiarity with translation skills and tools. 9 of 10 students met the proficiency score on this project.

2018 Status
Achieved
GRK 202: 80% of students in GRK 202 in the Winter 2018 semester met or exceeded the standard of work in the Intermediate High range, as assessed on the final exam. 100% of students met the standard on an essay project in which they demonstrated comprehension of standard reference tools in the discipline. LAT 202: 75% of students in LAT 202 in the Winter 2018 semester met or exceeded the standard of work in the Intermediate High range, as assessed on the final exam.

Outcome B.2=SLO4 Classics BA: Contexts and Relationships

Classics majors are able to analyze relationships between the cultural products of classical civilization and/or cultural products inspired by classical civilization, the context in which these products were created, and the concerns they illuminate.
Objective 3 In CLA 395, students identify research questions that engage these relationships in discipline-appropriate ways, and identify types of sources (both primary and secondary) that effectively address these questions.
Objective 4 In CLA 495, students complete projects that effectively employ both primary and secondary sources.

Measure 1

2018 Status
Achieved
Students completed two essays in which they integrated primary and secondary sources to address set research questions about the construction of historical events and persons in both ancient and contemporary works. 90% of students met the standard.

Outcome C Classical Studies Emphasis: Comprehension of the products of antiquity

Classics majors in the Classical Studies Emphasis are able to demonstrate comprehension of the products of Greco-Roman antiquity in at least 2 of the following areas of study: literature in translation, cultural studies, material culture, and philosophy.
Objective 5 Students in at least one 300-level CLA course analyze relationships between the cultural products of classical civilization and/or products inspired by classical civilization, the contexts in which these were created, and concerns they illuminate.

Outcome D Classical Studies Emphasis: Integrating Multiple Perspectives

Classics majors in the Classical Studies Emphasis are able to integrate multiple perspectives about the Classical World and the Classical Tradition.
Objective 7 In a 300-level CLA course, students integrate multiple perspectives in literature, cultural studies, material culture, or philosophy.
Objective 8 In CLA 495, students integrate perspectives from at least two of the following: literature, cultural studies, material culture, philosophy.

Outcome E Classical Languages Emphasis: Understanding Greek and Latin

Students in the Classical Languages Emphasis understand and analyze ancient Greek or classical Latin using appropriate tools.
Objective 10 Students demonstrate effective use of in-print and online tools in their understanding and analysis of the target language.
Objective 9 Students read passages of the target language and perform tasks that measure facility in the analysis of structure and syntax, and of meaning.

Outcome F Classical Languages Emphasis: Primary and Secondary Sources

Students in the Classical Languages Emphasis demonstrate critical engagement with primary sources in the target language and with appropriate and relevant secondary sources.
Objective 11 Students integrate evidence from primary sources into an investigation of a research topic.
Objective 12 Students integrate evidence from accurate and relevant secondary sources into a logical and linear argument about a research topic.

Outcome G Latin Secondary Education Emphasis: Comprehension and Production

Students in the Latin Secondary Education Emphasis understand, analyze, and produce classical Latin using appropriate tools.
Objective 13 Students read passages of classical Latin and perform tasks that measure facility in the analysis of structure and syntax, and of meaning.
Objective 14 Students demonstrate effective use of in-print and online tools in their understanding and analysis of classical Latin.
Objective 15 Students actively produce, either orally or in writing, materials in classical Latin.

Outcome H Latin Secondary Education Emphasis: Primary and Secondary Sources

Students in the Latin Secondary Education Emphasis demonstrate critical engagement with primary sources in classical Latin and with appropriate and relevant secondary sources.
Objective 16 Students integrate evidence from primary sources in classical Latin into an investigation of a research topic.
Objective 17 Students integrate evidence from accurate and relevant secondary sources into a logical and linear argument about a research topic concerning classical Latin.

Outcome I Latin Secondary Education Emphasis: Curriculum Standards

Students in the Latin Secondary Education Emphasis demonstrate familiarity with national and state curriculum standards.
Objective 18 Students discuss national (ACTFL) and state (MDE Latin FD) standards for the teaching and learning of Latin.
Objective 19 Students analyze how well a designed curriculum unit meets or surpasses state and national standards.

Outcome J Latin Secondary Education Emphasis: Products of Roman antiquity

Students in the Latin Secondary Education Emphasis demonstrate comprehension of the products of Roman antiquity in at least 2 of the following areas of study: literature, cultural studies, material culture, and philosophy.
Objective 20 In CLA 395, students identify research questions that engage products of Roman antiquity in discipline-appropriate ways, and identify types of sources (both primary and secondary) that effectively address these questions.
Objective 21 In CLA 495, students complete projects that effectively employ both primary and secondary sources in the investigation of Roman antiquity.