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
Program Outcomes for the BA in English Major
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
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.
Program Outcomes/Objectives Specific to the B.S. Ed in English
- Students will engage in rigorous academic writing informed by critical thinking. Student
writing will demonstrate sharp focus, substantial content, sophisticated organization,
precise style, and evident control of conventions. Students will exhibit these traits
over a variety of types of writing for a variety of types of audiences.
- Student teachers will know and demonstrate current pedagogical principles and demonstrate
they know how to apply these to obtain employment, as attested to by the professional
portfolios they complete during their student teaching experience (EDS 411-412). These
portfolios contain resumes, letters of recommendation, employment goals, statements
of philosophy, and records of the student teaching experience.
- Student teachers will develop good working relations with their co-op teachers, their
students, and other teachers in their schools. This means that they must be judged
as well prepared in the content of their discipline, they must exhibit good work habits,
and they must exhibit respect for and understanding of diversity.
Knowledge and Skill Sets
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
- Knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives important to English studies,
including rhetorical, interpretive, historical, cultural, social approaches to language
- An understanding of the ways in which texts can reflect or shape the representation
of historical and cultural circumstances.
- Knowledge of creative and critical conventions of written discourses.
- An understanding of language use and mechanics.
- An ability to recognize rhetorical and generic traditions and innovations.
Critical and Analytical Objectives
- The ability to apply various types of criticism in their reading of texts and writing
- Knowledge of the conventions of particular textual genres by employing them in their
own work and explaining them in other writers' work.
- The ability to use theoretical terms and perspectives important in English Studies.
- The ability to analyze the ways in which written texts both reflect and help to construct
such social categories as race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Written Communication Objectives
- The ability to write clear, grammatical sentences and well-organized texts that reflect
an attention to audience and genre.
- The ability to construct and develop a thesis.
- The ability to adhere to the conventions of logical argumentation.
- Attention to appropriate language use and mechanics.
- The ability to support analysis with textual evidence.
- The ability to convey an ethos appropriate to the purpose and genre of texts they
- The ability to present information in visually effective ways.
Information Literacy Objectives
- The ability to evaluate information sources and employ those sources professionally
in their own work.
- The ability to identify the purpose and audience of potential resources (e.g., popular
vs scholarly, current vs historical).
- The ability to construct a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information
retrieval system selected (e.g., Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for
search engines; internal organizational features such as indexes for books).
- The ability to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, recognizing how
their use and importance vary with each discipline.
- The ability to evaluate information and its sources critically and to incorporate
selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
- The ability to summarize the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered.
- An understanding of the many of the ethical, legal, and socio-economic issues surrounding
information and information technology. Specifically, they will demonstrate an understanding
of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use of copyrighted material.