Courses satisfying this capability familiarize students with the importance of interpretation to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to develop their own interpretive skills as well as to analyze and evaluate approaches to interpretation employed by texts and other materials used in the class. Interpretation courses will emphasize one or more of the following features:

  • A critical and practical engagement with analytical tools that enable interpretation
  • An exploration of competing or complementary interpretations, and criteria for evaluating them
  • Training in the effective presentation of interpretations in a variety of formats, including writing, speech, images, and analyses
  • The study of formal and informal modes or traditions of interpretation.