M.A. Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Accuracy and automaticity of foundational knowledge:
    • Accurate and automatic explanation of foundational concepts in the program’s core areas of phonology, generative linguistics, and cognitive linguistics.
  2. Ability to identify generalizations:
    • Ability to identify and describe recurring patterns in linguistic data.
  3. Intermediate theoretical awareness:
    • Ability to identify claims made in the sign language linguistics literature and articulate their primary, “trademark features”.
  4. Ability to clearly present linguistic information:
    • Clear presentation of material in ASL and written English, demonstrating how such material relates to critical issues in linguistics and the Deaf communities.
  5. Ethical conduct as students and student researchers:
    • Demonstrating academic integrity and responsible conduct in their research practices with transparency and respect to the communities involved.

Ph.D. Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized knowledge:
    • Demonstration of in-depth familiarity with current literature relevant to their chosen topic of research.
  2. Critical evaluation:
    • Ability to critically compare and evaluate claims from the linguistics literature and argue for or against them in a coherent manner.
  3. Formulation of research questions:
    • Ability to independently formulate clear and tractable research questions related to their individual projects, and develop a systematic and culturally responsible plan for answering them, including identification of data needed to further the investigation.
  4. Dissemination and communication:
    • Ability to communicate information about sign language linguistics competently and respectfully to the field, the Deaf communities and the greater public.
  5. Ethical conduct as researchers:
    • Demonstrating academic integrity and responsible conduct in their research practices with transparency and respect to the communities involved.