Bachelor of Public Affairs: Student learning outcomes with WSU’s seven goals of the baccalaureate.
Learning goal 1: Critical and creative thinking
Graduates will use reason, evidence, and context to increase knowledge, to reason ethically, and to innovate in imaginative ways.
- Demonstrates ability to discern between opinion and fact.
- Demonstrates ability to evaluate normative claims.
- Demonstrates ability to make reasoned arguments.
- Formulates important and viable questions about public affairs.
- Savors an appreciation for the absurd.
Learning goal 2: Quantitative reasoning
Graduates will solve quantitative problems from a wide variety of authentic contexts and everyday life situations.
- Demonstrates basic numeracy while avoiding common errors.
- Demonstrates ability to accurately interpret figures.
Learning goal 3: Scientific literacy
Graduates will have a basic understanding of major scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic affairs, economic productivity and global stewardship.
- Understands a variety of established approaches to knowledge-building.
- Understands connection between data and theory.
- Understands the logic of scientific inquiry.
Learning goal 4: Information literacy
Graduates will effectively identify, locate, evaluate, use responsibly, and share information for the problem at hand.
- Appropriately employs a variety of sources.
- Distinguishes between academic and non-academic knowledge.
- Understands the quality of sources including the role of peer-review and other editorial filters.
- Employs previous works' findings and arguments in student's original work without changing their intended meaning.
- Avoids plagiarism.
Learning goal 5: Communication
Graduates will write, speak, and listen to achieve intended meaning and understanding among all participants.
- Demonstrates ability to use theory and evidence to support an argument or civilly challenge the argument of another.
- Effectively communicates complex topics.
- Creates audience-focused content.
- Employs transparent communication strategies.
- Demonstrates facility with a diversity of communication strategies when sharing knowledge with others.
Learning Goal 6: Diversity
Graduates will understand, respect, and interact constructively with others of similar and diverse cultures, values and perspectives.
- Understands the concepts of public interest and public service.
- Questions, but respects assumption rooted in cultural context or personal experience.
- Actively seeks to understand "the other's" point of view.
Learning goal 7: Depth, breadth, and integration of learning
Graduates will develop depth, breadth, and integration of learning for the benefit of themselves, their communities, their employers, and for society at large.
- Applies ideas in public affairs literature to situations not directly discussed in existing works.
- Appropriately apply analogy
- Understands the effects of structural or institutional influences on individual experience.
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of major course of study
- Relates the specific body of knowledge from the major to key themes in general education.
- Develops a specialized skill base applied to problem solving.