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Washington State University Graduate School

American Studies, M.A.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad, critical, and interdisciplinary knowledge of American culture (i.e., historically, in the contemporary period, in global context).
  2. Synthesize knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives.
  3. Think critically about the limits of disciplinary knowledge domains.
  4. Analyze documentary (primary source) evidence from written, visual, and oral genres.
  5. Identify and employ primary and secondary source materials located through library and online scholarly research tools.
  6. Write clear, publishable analytic prose scholarship.
  7. Design and complete original scholarship in a discipline and in an interdisciplinary area of specialization.
  8. Contribute critically to professional and to public conversations.
  9. Teach undergraduate curriculum effectively.


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