Bachelor of Science in Military Studies

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

  1. Differentiate and explain the application of military knowledge in full spectrum operation such as counterinsurgency, major combat, and operations other than war.
  2. Using appropriate theories of leadership with historical perspective, analyze characteristics and leadership traits that contribute to the individual leader's success in meeting the demands of the evolving global geopolitical environment.
  3. Discuss the importance of at least one other field of study -history and politics, foreign language skills and cultural understanding, or national security strategies - to the success of military operations.
  4. Assess the issue of diversity as it has been addressed in the various branches of the U.S. military both over time and during both conflict and peace time operations.
  5. Characterize the ethical dilemmas that military leaders may struggle with and how they can be analyzed, evaluated and resolved.

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

Achievement of all the program level and degree level outcomes is assessed within the capstone course. The student learning outcomes are assessed within the capstone course by a direct assessment approach. Instructors use rubrics that focus on the outcomes to score the students performance. This evaluation is unique from the grading for the course.

Metrics for evaluating program performance for all these outcomes

  • The program will be considered to have successfully met the Exceeds Expectations level if 90% or more of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above the Meets Expectations level for this outcome and 60% or more of these are at the Exceeds Expectations level. Additionally, no more than 10% of the students will receive a score of Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • The program will be considered to have met the Meets Expectations level if at least 85% of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above the Meets Expectations level and 15% OR LESS of the students score at Does Not Meet Expectations.
  • The program will be evaluated as Does Not Meet Expectations if fewer than 85% of the students completing the Capstone Course during the one year period score at or above Meets Expectations level for this outcome and if more than 15% of the students score at Does Not Meet Expectations.

Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?

No external exams/assessments are used for this major.

This program began enrolling students in FY2013 and does not have sufficient results to present outcomes data at the program level. Data represented on this site includes information on programs that have been in existence longer than 3 years, and have available direct and indirect learning outcomes data on at least 20 students, or unless otherwise specified by specialized accreditation to require reporting of all results less than n = 20.

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Albany, NY 12203-5159

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