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School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

University Student Learning Outcomes

Kansas State University strives to create an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and growth, one in which academic freedom, breadth of thought and action, and individual empowerment are valued and flourish. We endeavor to prepare citizens who will continue to learn and will contribute to the societies in which they live and work.

Students share in the responsibility for a successful university educational experience. Upon completion of their degree and regardless of disciplinary major, undergraduates are expected to demonstrate ability in at least five essential areas.


Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge and apply the methods of inquiry in a discipline of their choosing, and they will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across their choice of varied disciplines.

Critical Thinking.

Students will demonstrate the ability to access and interpret information, respond and adapt to changing situations, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.


Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.


Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the skills necessary to live and work in a diverse world.

Academic and Professional Integrity.

Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the ethical standards of their academic discipline and/or profession.

Theatre Student Learning Outcomes

For the B.A., B.S. in Theatre, the following Student Learning Outcomes are assessed:

SLO #1: Demonstrate an understanding of theatre history in the context of world and cultural events. 

SLO #2: Demonstrate competency in the use of research sources and methods. 

SLO #3: Demonstrate the ability to think critically and analytically to evaluate theatre text, performance and production. 

SLO #4: Apply an understanding of recognized professional practice and artistic standards. 

SLO #5: Demonstrate an understanding of how theatre training applies to life skills and various career paths.

SLO #6: Function safely and effectively using recognized professional theatre practices.

SLO #7: Integrate an understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, and identity in the process, practice and study of theatre.