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Learning Outcomes


English

As they proceed through the English major, students in all four tracks (Creative Writing, Language Arts Education, Literature and Professional Writing) will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by employing strategies of inquiry, research (with appropriate citation), drafting, peer review, revision, and editing in the development of thesis-driven writing projects;
  • Evaluate and respond to variations in audience, purpose, form and/or genre connected with written, oral, visual and/or digital communication;
  • Explore interactions among the diverse social and cultural contexts in which we study, teach and/or create texts;
  • Understand and apply diverse critical and theoretical approaches to the careful examination of texts;
  • Use discipline-specific technologies and presentation strategies for the public discussion and dissemination of research and writing.

Majors and Their Educational Outcomes

Additionally, students on the creative writing track will:
  • Demonstrate proficiency in at least one creative genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and/or playwriting) at a publication or production level;
  • Employ common techniques, strategies, and processes for peer workshopping and editing of creative work;
  • Demonstrate an ability to situate one's own creative choices within a relevant aethetic history and tradition;
  • Develop a professional understanding of submission, publication, and production practices in creative writing.
Additionally, students on the language Arts Education (LAE) track will:
  • Situate specific texts/theories/genres within the history and development of English literature;
  • Contextualize specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language;
  • Evaluate and employ a variety of instructional methods;
  • Practice effective teaching techniques for classroom management;
  • Practice reflective teaching methods.
Additionally, students on the Literature track will:
  • Situate specific texts/theories/genres within the history and development of English literature;
  • Contextualize specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language.
Addtionally, Students on the Professional Writing track will:
  • Evaluate and effectively employ rhetorical conventions that govern how we as a culture create interpret, and use texts in a range of situations (including academic, creative and professional communication);
  • Understand and replicate common print and/or web editorial, design, and publication practices.

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