Examples of Goals and Objectives

The following examples of a Goal and Objectives format have been excerpted from Canisius programs and have been adapted for consistency.  They represent only a subset of all the goals and objectives for each program. All should be considered as works in progress.

Philosophy

At the conclusion of the program, Philosophy majors will have developed a sharpened capacity for thinking critically and for effectively assessing argumentational discourse.  They will be able to:

  1. clearly distinguish knowledge and belief, and to apply this distinction in assessing deductive, demonstrative, and persuasive discourse;
  2. analyze argumentational and persuasive discourse;
  3. identify and properly frame problems in respect of their philosophical character and to develop strategies for their resolution;
  4. assess contemporary thinking by means of applying what is learned from the canon of Western and non-Western philosophy;
  5. specifically identify the moral and social values presupposed or underlying a philosopher's argumentative discourse.

Psychology

At the conclusion of the program, Psychology majors will understand how psychological concepts, theories, and research findings relate to everyday life.  They will be able to:

  1. Describe major applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, counseling, industrial/organizational, school, health);
  2. plan psychology-based interventions in clinical, counseling, educational, industrial/organizational, community, and other settings;
  3. assess the impact of psychology-based interventions using empirical evaluation.

Computer Science

At the conclusion of the program, Computer Science majors will be able to develop a computational solution to a problem over the entire software lifecycle.  They will be able to:

  1. specify and design acceptable computational solutions;
  2. implement and test acceptable computational solutions;
  3. use and implement data structures;
  4. design, implement, and use knowledge representations;
  5. demonstrate their knowledge of programming language paradigms (imperative, logical, functional, and OO);
  6. demonstrate their understanding of the computational approaches to language understanding, vision, and robotics.

Music

At the conclusion of the program, Music majors will be able to analyze the musical elements of a piece of music.  They will be able to:

  1. identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns, and form in Western art or world music through aural analysis of recordings;
  2. identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns, and form in Western art or world music through visual analysis of musical scores;
  3. analyze a musical performance and accurately describe it using appropriate musical terminology.

International Relations

At the conclusion of the program, IR majors will demonstrate the attainment of values that refer not to what they learn in terms of measurable content but in terms of their subjective view of the world in which they live and the people who populate it.  They will:

  1. demonstrate a sense of global understanding;
  2. demonstrate greater sensitivity to multiculturalism and a greater appreciation of religious and ethnic diversity in the human family;
  3. demonstrate a greater sense of social justice with respect to human rights, economic development, and the status of women.

Environmental Science

At the conclusion of the program, Environmental Science majors will demonstrate competence with respect to problem-solving skills. They will be able to:

  1. read and understand a word problem;
  2. read and interpret data;
  3. design an experiment to address a specific hypothesis;
  4. critically analyze an article from the original scientific literature or a professional report.