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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities program is designed to offer you the unique undergraduate experience of working in a major independent research library with authentic materials to conduct substantive primary research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, as well as to engage with the library community.

Program learning objectives:

  • Understand the research process of formulating interesting and manageable questions; successfully locating, understanding, critically evaluating, and synthesizing materials from the rich Newberry collections; and effectively creating a substantial, well-written and documented research paper.
  • Develop your skills as a member of a research community, capable of discussing complex texts in an open-ended seminar setting, sharing the results of research and writing with your peers, and offering and receiving suggestions for revisions.
  • Develop your understanding of how a major research library operates through job placements and by participating in the community of scholars at the Newberry.

When you complete the program, you should be able to apply the research process to an original research project through planning, synthesizing a variety of sources from authentic materials, and drawing conclusions; demonstrate an understanding of the theme and concepts of the seminar by applying them to the research project; and identify the various operations of a library through the job placements.