Program Learning Outcomes
English: Writing and Literature
Bachelor of Arts
Literary Knowledge and Practice
- Employ a vocabulary of literary terms, theories, and critical methods in interpreting texts.
- Identify and interpret ambiguities in meaning.
- Recognize differences in genre and form and employ them in textual analysis.
- Identify important interpretive contexts -- including historical, cultural, aesthetic, intertextual, social, or ethico-political-- and analyze texts with reference to them.
- Interrogate literary representations of gender, class, race, ethnicity, or sexuality and the ways these categories intersect.
Critical Thinking and Writing
- Analyze the ways in which discourses and texts are linked to power structures and ideologies.
- Employ a recursive process of drafting and revision, including analysis of their own work and the work of their peers, to develop written arguments.
- Make effective use of secondary sources in constructing their own argument.
Information Literacy and Analysis
- Evaluate and use standard bibliographic and reference sources.
- Observe ethical citation practices, making use of MLA or Chicago style conventions.
- Through an evolving research process, formulate, refine, and fully explore a research question.
- Present a clear and well-reasoned argument, using appropriate form for rhetorical situation and academic conventions such as thesis.
Learning outcomes for all graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences