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Learning Outcomes

Educational Outcomes


Students in all four programs in the English department will be able to:

  • Understand the writing process by using the strategies of inquiry, research (including the proper citation), peer editing, editing, and editing in the development of thesis-based projects
  • Evaluate and respond to the audience, purpose, form and/or genre connect with writing, oral, visual and/or digital communications
  • Explore the interactions between the multiple social and cultural contexts in the area that we study, teach and create texts
  • Understand and apply diverse critical and theoretical advances to the careful annotation of texts

Majors and Their Educational Outcomes

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” - Benjamin Franklin

A Literature Major will be able to:
  • Site specific texts, theories or genres through the history and development of English literature
  • Investigate specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language
a Language Arts Education Major will be able to:
  • Site specific texts, theories and genres through the history and development of English literature
  • Evaluate a variety of teaching methods
  • Practice effective teaching techniques for the classroom
  • Practice reflective teaching methods
a Creative Writing Major will be able to:
  • Focus on at least one of the creative genres at a professional or publication level
  • Work within the five creative genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting or playwriting
  • Use common techniques, strategies and processes for peer workshopping and the editing of creative works
  • Demonstrate the ability to insert one’s creative choices in a tasteful way to reflect upon the history of the tradition
A Professional Writing Major will be able to:
  • Evaluate and effectively use the rhetorical conventions that rule how we create, interpret and use texts in a variety of situations
  • Utilize academic, creative and professional communication
  • Have the ability to understand and replicate common print styles
  • Understand web editorial, design and publication practices

“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” - A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess