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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.

Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes - BACHELOR OF ARTS or BACHELOR OF SCIENCE in Theatre

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.

Graduate Student Learning Outcomes - MASTER OF ARTS in Theatre with concentration in Drama Therapy

The discipline of drama therapy in higher education encompasses interdisciplinary study of theatre, psychology, and drama therapy:

  • theatre as an artistic form and as a social and cultural institution;
  • psychology as the study of human attitudes, emotions, and behavior; and
  • drama therapy as a method for changing attitudes, emotions, and behavior through theatrical processes and products.

In addition, knowledge and skills need to be developed in an ethical manner, along with the development of attitudes of professionalism in the application of drama therapy.

These Student Learning Outcomes are focused on meeting the School’s mission of offering student-centered education and training in the discipline, training and experience in research methods, and the development of a creative approach to working.

A Graduate of the Master of Arts Program in Theatre with concentration in drama therapy should have these basic competencies:


  1. Knowledge of the theories and current approaches used in drama therapy.
  1. Knowledge of the importance of understanding cultural diversity, types of privilege and how detrimental blindness to privilege can be, and awareness of the negative impact of stigma on individuals and groups.
  1. Knowledge of research sources and methods.
  1. Knowledge of the NADT Code of Ethical Principles and how to apply ethics to practice.
  1. Knowledge of how the disciplines of drama and psychology interact and support each other inter-disciplinarily in the discipline of drama therapy. 


  1. Competency in drama therapy as demonstrated in a final Master Project.
  1. The ability to express self clearly and articulately in oral presentations as evidenced through class discussions, supervisory presentations, and the final oral exam.
  1. The ability to express self clearly and articulately through the written word in class papers and the written Master Project report.
  1. Competency in drama therapy as demonstrated by the ability to use the techniques and methods of drama processes and products to effect change in attitudes, emotions, and behaviors safely and ethically with individuals and groups as evidenced by work done in student internships.
  1. The ability to practice drama therapy in an ethical manner.


  1. The development of professional discipline.
  1. The development of a collaborative attitude.