History and Theory of Music Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Disciplinary Knowledge

  • The coursework stage of the program gives students an opportunity to master the fundamental knowledge of the field and to explore their interests and begin to decide the focus of their further studies.

PLO 2. Teaching Competence

  • All students in the program are given the opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistants. During the quarters in which they are serving in this capacity, they register for Music 399 (University Teaching), wherein they work closely with their faculty supervisors to develop their skills and competencies in the classroom.

PLO 3. Research Competence

  • Students engage in and conduct original research.

PLO 4. Written and Oral Communication

  • Students show proficiency in oral and written presentation of their research.

PLO 5. Capstone/Dissertation

  • In PhD candidacy, students produce and successfully defend a dissertation that demonstrates their ability to perform research at a level that makes a genuine contribution to the field.

PLO 6. Professionalization

  • Students are encouraged to present their research at professional conferences and in similar venues. This helps our students to network with other students with similar interests, as well as to develop and polish their skills in effectively presenting their research across a range of venues (including, among others, conference papers, publications, and public outreach). This, in turn, places them in good stead on both the academic job market and for careers outside the academy.

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