School of Arts and Sciences

Each program area within Brandman University's School of Arts and Sciences is evaluated regularly based on learning outcomes specific to that degree.

Associate of Arts in General Education

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Written Fluency: Compose written arguments which are coherent, grammatically correct, and rhetorically aware. 
    • Oral Fluency: Present effective, audience-appropriate oral presentations that develop and support a point.
    • Quantitative Fluency: Explain how accurate calculations and symbolic operations are used in interpreting social and economic trends.
    • Applied Learning: Evaluate a scenario in which academic knowledge and skills could be applied to a work or community issue.
    • Innovation and Creativity: Discuss a novel or unique idea, question, format, or product.
    • Global Cultures/Engaging Diverse Cultures: Examine how knowledge from different cultural perspectives would affect his or her interpretations of prominent problems in politics, society, the arts and/or global relations.
    • Information Literacy: Evaluate and cite various information resources necessary to complete an academic research essay.
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BA in Applied Studies

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Diversity:  Demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultures as it applies to your discipline.
    • Ethics: Apply ethical principles to the practice of your discipline.
    • Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
    • Experiences: Analyze the relationship between prior experiences and future professional goals.
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BA in Criminal Justice

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Legal System: Demonstrate an understanding of the legal system, including where and how the system of criminal justice and its actors fit within it.
    • Theory: Apply basic criminological and sociological theories to various criminal and deviant behaviors.
    • Ethics: Demonstrate an understanding of various ethical and legal dilemmas that typically confront criminal justice professionals whether employed domestically or internationally.
    • Pressures: Demonstrate an understanding of the pressures that diverse, social, cultural, economic and political actors have exerted, and continue to exert, on criminal justice systems, both domestically and internationally.
    • Research: Evaluate published research pertaining to a criminal justice issue, trend, or practice.
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BA in Legal Studies

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Legal Writing: Demonstrate proficiency in legal writing
    • Governance: Demonstrate an understanding of modern American constitutional governance.
    • Ethics: Apply ethical practices to situations in a legal environment
    • Legal Research: Demonstrate proficiency in current legal research methods
    • Communication: Apply communication skills in such areas as negotiation, arbitration and mediation, dispute resolution and interviewing.
    • Legal Analysis: Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in a legal environment
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BA in Liberal Studies

  • Program Learning Outcomes (Subject Matter Preparation)
    • Educational Perspectives: Analyze the relationships between education, self, society and nature
    • Child Development: Apply theories of social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development to learning and teaching.
    • Research: Create an applied research project
    • Subject Matter Knowledge: Apply subject matter knowledge in an educational context
  • Program Learning Outcomes (Multiple Subject Credential)
    • Focused Inquiry: Examine classroom, school and the community contexts in preparation for making instructional decisions.
    • Positive Learning Environment: Develop and utilize classroom management strategies that support student learning and encourage positive social interaction.
    • Instruction: Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
    • Assessment: Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
    • Collaboration: Collaborate with families, colleagues, and community agencies, and use community resources to support students’ development and learning
    • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings and continually reflect on and evaluate the effects of decisions and actions on others.
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BA in Psychology

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Application of Theory: Connect psychological theory to real life applications.
    • Human Behavior: Examine psychological principles of human behavior from a historical perspective.
    • Research Methods and Statistics: Understand methodology and statistical techniques related to behavioral science research.
    • Scientific Writing: Apply appropriate methods of scientific writing in APA format. 
    • Life Span Development: Understand and apply the major theories related to the entire lifespan from conception through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle-age, and late adulthood.
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BA in Social Science

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Methods: Compare and contrast social scientific methodological approaches.
    • Theory: Apply social scientific theories to practical situations.
    • Research: Evaluate published social scientific research.
    • Application: Create a social scientific research or related project.
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BA in Social Work

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Profession: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
    • Ethics: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
    • Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
    • Diversity: Engage diversity and difference in practice.
    • Human Rights: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
    • Research: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
    • Human Behavior: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
    • Policy Practice: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
    • Context: Respond to contexts that shape practice.
    • Engagement, Assessment, Intervention, & Evaluation: Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
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BA in Sociology

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Methods: Apply sociological methodological approaches.
    • Diversity: Evaluate the effects of multiculturalism in society.
    • Theory: Apply major sociological theories to practical situations.
    • Statistics: Interpret and evaluate published research through utilizing acquired statistical knowledge.
    • Research/Application: Create an applied research or related project.
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MA in Psychology

Program Learning Outcomes

  • PLO 1: Assessment, Psychopathology, and Diagnostics: Apply assessment techniques to include crisis evaluation and diagnostic assessment to clinical cases.
  • PLO 2: Ethics, Law, and Professional Issues: Apply ethical and professional decision making to issues in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling.
  • PLO 3: Group Counseling Theories and Interventions: Implement theory and techniques to facilitate a group process.
  • PLO 4: Psychopharmacology: Analyze the role of the psychopharmacological agents on the prevention and treatment of psychological dysfunction.
  • PLO 5: Family Theories and Intervention: Implement theory and techniques to therapeutic problems and developmental challenges of families.
  • PLO 6: Community Mental Health:  Analyze the role of environmental factors and community resources in providing mental health services.
  • PLO 7: Career Counseling: Apply career development theories and techniques to work/career issues and problems.
  • PLO 8: Advanced Individual Counseling: Implement theory and techniques from multiple orientations to therapeutic problems of individuals.

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MA in Social Work 

Program Learning Outcomes
  • PLO 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior: Social workers understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards, as well as relevant laws and regulations that may impact practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.
  • PLO 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice: Social workers understand how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience and are critical to the formation of identity.
  • PLO 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice: Social workers understand that every person regardless of position in society has fundamental human rights such as freedom, safety, privacy, an adequate standard of living, health care, and education.
  • PLO 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice: Social workers understand quantitative and qualitative research methods and their respective roles in advancing a science of social work and in evaluating their practice.
  • PLO 5: Engage in Policy Practice: Social workers understand that human rights and social justice, as well as social welfare and services, are mediated by policy and its implementation at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • PLO 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities:  Social workers understand that engagement is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with, and on behalf of, diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • PLO 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities:  Social workers understand that assessment is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with, and on behalf of, diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • PLO 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities Social workers understand that intervention is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with, and on behalf of, diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • PLO 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities:  Social workers understand that intervention is an ongoing component of the dynamic and interactive process of social work practice with, and on behalf of, diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
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