Goals + Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

The Department and its various programs are committed to assessment of both program and student learning outcomes. To that end, we use Mahara, Sage's E-Portfolio, in every course.

Other documents for use in assessment:

English Program Mission

Through its academic and community activities, the English Program seeks to foster appreciation of the richness of literary texts as representations of the diversity of human experience, as works of art, and as historical and cultural artifacts.  It trains students to think critically and express themselves clearly.  By fostering inquiry, reflection, and expression, the English Program engages students in using their capabilities for success in graduate study and professional careers, and it encourages life-long learning that makes them competent citizen-leaders.

Specific Program Goals for Student Learning & Program Outcomes

These goals and outcomes originated from individual review of our courses and a department brainstorming session.  We then compared our goals to the guidelines set by the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), adjusting and adding where necessary.

Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the major in English, graduates will be able to:

  • Use their strong analytical, research, speaking, and writing skills to compete successfully for professional careers, pursue graduate studies, and engage in life-long learning for continued personal satisfaction.
  • Think critically about civil, historical, and aesthetic topics.
  • Appreciate differences in cultural values and social constructs and understand and tolerate the ambiguities of human experience.
  • Understand the interdisciplinary context of literature and literary study.

Learning Outcomes
Working from our stated goals, we have developed the following student outcomes for the English Program.  Students who successfully complete the program will be able to: 

  • Explain literary traditions and the ideas and events that influenced them.
  • Explain the principal schools and history of literary criticism.
  • Explain the major genres and their history.
  • Explain the major conventions, genres, and history of rhetoric and writing.
  • Explain the structure, organic nature, and social implications of language and linguistics.
  • Explain the major categories, questions, and tools of English studies.
  • Read, write, speak, and listen to think critically about oral and written discourse.
  • Write and speak in a variety of forms as appropriate to audience, purpose, and occasion.
  • Pursue scholarship and other intellectual activities both collaboratively and individually.
  • Use traditional and electronic research methods competently to find, evaluate, and use information responsibly.
  • Understand the relationship between canonicity and multiculturalism as it relates to literature.