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Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The English program helps its major to:
 
  1. Develop critical reading skills that will allow them to approach primary and secondary sources thoughtfully, independently, and with attention to detail.
  2. Develop writing skills that will make them competitive on the job market and prepare them for professional life or graduate school. 
  3. Develop effective research and documentation skills, including the use and evaluation of Internet sources.
  4. Understand the development of the English language, its structure and basic elements, and linguistic theories that help to explain it.
  5. Develop discussion and oral presentation skills that will allow them to speak effectively in front of others.
  6. Acquire a thorough background in English and American literature, and appreciate the perspectives of non-Western literature and the literature of under-represented groups in Western society.
  7. Become familiar with different critical theories and approaches to literature.
  8. Understand the opportunities open to English majors, and behaviors that will assist them in finding employment or entering graduate school.
 
The English major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:
 
Department/Program Goal 1 Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to comprehend texts for their information and/or implications
  2. Students will be able to identify texts' genres and their implications for meaning(s).
  3. Students will be able to evaluate texts' meaning within their specific context(s).
  4. Students will be able to analyze texts in part or as wholes.
  5. Students will be able to make sense with texts as blueprints for meaning.
  6. Students will be able to engage in academic discourse about a text or texts.
 Department/Program Goal 2 Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to establish a focus (i.e., a thesis) that is well-defined, relevant, sophisticated, and original
  2. Students will be able to develop complex ideas that are relevant to/support the focus/thesis
  3. Students will be able to analyze effectively evidence that is relevant to/supports the focus/thesis
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate a logical and compelling progression of ideas through effective & unified paragraphs
  5. Students will be able to use appropriate and varied language with fluency
  6. Students will be able to write virtually free of grammatical, formatting, and mechanical errors. 
Department/Program Goal 3 Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to cite sources accurately and completely
  2. Students will be able to summarize sources accurately, clearly, and succinctly
  3. Students will be able to evaluate sources clearly and critically
 Department/Program Goal 4 Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to analyze English syntax
  2. Students will be able to analyze English morphology
 Department/Program Goal 5 Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to organize communication skillfully and cohesively
  2. Students will be able to use appropriate and effective language
  3. Students will be able to use compelling and effective delivery
  4. Students will be able to use credible and varied supporting material/evidence
  5. Students will be able to communicate a clear, consistent, and compelling central message
 Department/Program Goal 6 Outcomes 
  1. Students will be able to recognize the cultural movements, genres, key figures, and social/historical   forces that shape the Western literary tradition
  2. Students will be able to recognize the cultural movements, genres, key figures, and social/historical forces that shape the literary traditions of non-Western society and underrepresented groups in Western society
 Department/Program Goal 7 Outcomes:
  1. Students will be able to identify a critical lens
  2. Students will be able to construct a critical lens
  3. Students will be able to apply a critical lens to literary texts