Learning Goals

The following are derived from the College of Wooster’s Mission Statement and its First-Year Seminar Learning Objectives.

1. Students should be able to develop the abilities, especially the writing skills, that are essential to critical thinking. Success in achieving this goal will be assessed by your ability to:
•participate in discussions and debates about the course material;
•write short argumentative essays on course topics;
•complete a research project and paper on a relevant subject.

2. Students should be able to interpret complex theoretical and creative texts. Success in achieving this goal will be assessed by your ability to:
•analyze primary source materials;
•communicate your developing ideas to your peers;
•complete a research project and paper on a relevant subject.

3. Students should be able to construct a coherent argument and then support it with evidence. Success in achieving this goal will be assessed by your ability to:
•participate in discussions and debates about the course material;
•write short argumentative essays on course topics;
•complete a research project and paper on a relevant subject.

4. Students should be able to understand, appreciate, and constructively criticize multiple perspectives, including one’s own. Success in achieving this goal will be assessed by your ability to:
•participate in discussions and debates about the course material;
•write short argumentative essays on course topics;
•complete a research project and paper on a relevant subject.

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