Unit: Asian Studies
Program: Asian Studies (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Tue Oct 27, 2009 - 8:53:02 am

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

Student Learning Outcomes

The Asian Studies undergraduate program provides the student with a broad interdisciplinary approach to Asian national and cultures. Upon receiving an area studies degree, the student should have the following skills:

  1. Students possess basic skills in at least 1 Asian language. Demonstrate college-level fluency in reading, writing, speaking at basic and intermediate levels.
  2. Students can demonstrate a basic understanding of the interrelationship of economy, politics, literature, religion, the arts, history of Asian countries.
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of major themes in Asian history and cultural development.
    2. Be able to explain how Asian Studies is constituted in the West.
    3. Be able to explain the ways in which global forces have interacted with the Asian regional context in shaping the character and course of societies in Asia today.
  3. Students can demonstrate an advanced understanding of two Asian countries or regions (example Southeast Asia)
    1. Be able to explain Asian world views
    2. Be able to explain intra-Asian as well as West vs Asia differences
    3. Be able to analyze and interpret specific issues in research projects
  4. Students can find and evaluate sources of information about Asia
    1. Be able to use the library to find appropriate sources of information for a research project
    2. Be able to evaluate the probable quality sources found on the web
  5. Students conduct and communicate research findings
    1. Be able to outline, organize and present a research project
    2. Be able to design and deliver a presentation that communicates key findings of their research
  6. Students gain a greater appreciation of the variety of human experience.
    1. Make students open to different and creative ways of seeing the world.
    2. Foster a spirit of inquiry so that received mainstream knowledge is never accepted uncritically.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/shaps/asia/slos.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: NA
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2009:

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Exit interview, Honors Theses, Research papers, Book reports, Class presentations, and a general ability to be conversant about Asian authors, literature, philosophy, history, so on

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

Interpreted by Individual faculty, Undergraduate Adviser, Program Chair, Dean of School, and hopefully parents and future employers

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

10) Summarize the Actual Results

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

Assessment data are processed by both the ASP’s curriculum committee and administration. For example, we have increased offerings in South Asia through external funding because of needs found in the data; statements regarding curricular requirements have been re-written for clarity; and new courses are designed as an on-going process to address programmatic needs as the data might suggest.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

15) Other Important Information

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.