Listed below are draft versions of the learning outcomes for the
undergraduate and graduate programs. As more specific student learning
outcomes are developed for each of these learning goals, they will be
posted on this page as drafts and after departmental approval on the
current learning outcomes page.
for the Undergraduate English Major
- Literary coverage
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major writers,
historical periods, and genres of British and American literature,
and demonstrate an awareness of the connection between texts and
their historical and cultural context.
- Literary analysis
Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret a
text with attention to its genre, formal and rhetorical features,
and historical and cultural contexts.
- Theory and critical perspectives
Students will understand the history of critical theory and
demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical approaches to texts.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the grammatical structure of
English and recognition of standard and nonstandard varieties.
- Rhetoric, research, and writing
Students will understand the writing process and use their
understanding of audience, purpose, form, and other rhetorical
concepts to produce rhetorically and stylistically effective
writing. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability to
conduct research in the field and effectively incorporate this
research into their analysis and writing.