Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a program in Community and Justice Studies are expected to achieve the following outcomes in each of the listed areas:

1. Civic Knowledge

  • Understand one’s sources of identity and their influence on civic values, assumptions, and responsibilities to a wider public*
  • Understand how her/his experiences of engagement relate to broader social, political, and economic contexts of place
  • Understand systematic and group influences on social problems from theoretical and applied perspectives
  • Understand theories of organizational decision-making, democratic change, or dynamics of community change
  • Gain civic and intercultural knowledge

2. Civic Skills

  • Demonstrate skills of deliberation and bridge building across differences*
  • Function effectively in cross-cultural environments to create change
  • Use frameworks of multiple academic disciplines for ethical analysis of societal issues and conducting community research

3. Civic Values

  • Develop a concern for issues of justice and equality
  • Develop a commitment to increase efficacy in public life, whether through everyday citizenship, service, professional work, or activism
  • Demonstrate a determination to raise social and ethical issues and questions in and about public life
  • Develop a responsibility to a larger good*
  • Examine personal motivations and how they affect one’s own active citizenship**
  • Demonstrate the ability to reason ethically about social issues and to connect them to philosophical models of value

4. Collective Action

  • Demonstrate effective engagement in local and global contexts
  • Participate in a significant project that recognizes and responds to real community needs and desires in ways that move beyond the charity model
  • Navigate political systems and processes, both formal and informal*

* AAC&U, Crucible Moment, p. 4
** Taken from Learning Outcomes developed by Tufts University

William Taylor

Community and Justice Studies Major
Political Science Minor

  • Executive board, WARC-Radio
  • Bonner Leader
  • Alden Scholar

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