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Learning Objectives

The English department has established five Core Learning Objectives for students in any track of the major or minor. These objectives will be emphasized and assessed throughout each student's four-year progress to the degree. They will be stressed in course offerings and in the senior capstone project.

As they proceed through the English major, students in all four tracks (Lit., LAE, Creative Writing, Professional Writing) will:

  1. 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.
  2. Evaluate and respond to variations in audience, purpose, form and/or genre connected with written, oral, visual and/or digital communications.
  3. Explore interactions among the diverse social and cultural contexts in which we study, teach and/or create texts.
  4. Understand and apply diverse critical and theoretical approaches to the careful examination of texts.
  5. Use discipline-specific technologies and presentation strategies for the public discussion and dissemination of research and writing.

Additionally, students on the creative writing track will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in at least one creative genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and/or playwriting) at a publication or production level;
  2. Employ common techniques, strategies and processes for peer work-shopping and editing of creative work;
  3. Demonstrate an ability to situate one’s own creative choices within a relevant aesthetic history and tradition;
  4. Develop a professional understanding of submission, publication and production practices in creative writing.

Additionally, students on the literature track will:

  1. Situate specific texts/theories/genres within the history and development of English literature.
  2. Contextualize specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language.

Additionally, students on the language arts education (LAE) track will:

  1. Situate specific texts/theories/genres within the history and development of English literature.
  2. Contextualize specific language practices within the history and structure of the English language.
  3. Evaluate and employ a variety of instructional methods.
  4. Practice effective teaching techniques for classroom management.
  5. Practice reflective teaching methods

Additionally students on the professional writing track will:

  1. 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).
  2. Understand and replicate common print and/or web editorial, design and publication practices.