Goals and Student Outcomes: English

Department Goals and Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

  1. Students will learn basic skills in literary studies.
  2. Students will learn to see their arguments in historical context.
  3. Students will learn to recognize and construct well-formed arguments.
  4. Students will learn to articulate their ideas cogently and persuasively in a variety of media / formats including writing and oral presentation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

  • SLO1:
    a) Student exhibits the ability to read primary texts closely.
    b) Student is able to pose effective questions about form, content, and literary devices.
    c) Student engages with relevant critical approaches and with secondary material in literary studies.
  • SLO2:
    a) Student demonstrates an awareness that her arguments participate in a long-term conversation about the nature, function, and value of literary works.
    b) Student is able to situate particular textual instances within literary history.
  • SLO3:
    a) Student recognizes well-formed arguments, including recognition of argumentative structure, use of evidence, and a disciplinary framework.
    b) Student constructs such arguments.
  • SLO4:
    a) Student engages the appropriate audience.
    b) Student's work is well-organized.
    c) Student's work is of an appropriate length.
    d) Student's work is situated within a critical conversation.