As part of the English Department's commitment to providing a high-quality education to our students, we offer specific learning outcomes for both our B.A. and B.S.Ed. degree programs. We assess these outcomes each semester through a multiple-choice disciplinary knowledge test, an exit survey, and student portfolios.
Learning Outcomes/Objectives for the B.A. in English & the B.S. Ed. in English Education
Outcome 1: Diverse Genres
Graduating seniors will use the conventions of diverse textual genres (e.g., the nonfiction essay, poetry, proposals, autobiography, novel, memoir, film, plays, editorials, and so forth) in their own work and will explain and evaluate the use of these conventions in the work of other writers.
Outcome 2: Literary/Rhetorical Strategies
Graduating seniors will identify, employ, and interpret the literary and rhetorical methods and strategies that inform English as a discipline in their reading and writing of texts.
Outcome 3: Theoretical Terms, Concepts
Graduating seniors will define, apply, and integrate theoretical terms, concepts, and perspectives important to English as a discipline in their own work and will identify and analyze them in the work of other writers.
Outcome 4: Information Literacy
Graduating seniors will demonstrate the ability to find, select, assess, and analyze information sources, both print and electronic, and to credit, integrate, and synthesize those sources in their own work.
Outcome 5: Writing Skills
Graduating seniors will construct clear, grammatical sentences and produce well-organized texts that exhibit an attention to audience, genre, and purpose and that follow the conventions of logical argumentation.
Based on the English Department's mission and goals, the following knowledge and skills sets are central objectives of the undergraduate BA and BSEd English programs. Students will demonstrate the following items in each category.