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Department of History

Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree tracks prepare students to gather, analyze, and communicate information effectively as well as to think creatively and draw independent conclusions. This preparation readies them for graduate and professional study and/or employment in a variety of fields related to literature, language, text production, and education.

  • Through the completion of their five core courses, English majors in all tracks should acquire a command of foundational literary terminology; a basis for understanding the major themes and histories of British, American and world literatures; the ability to craft critical readings of several genres of literary texts; and experience in writing in different genres.
  • By graduation, students in the Literature and Language track will also exhibit more advanced literary skills, including improved aesthetic discernment; oral interpretation and presentation skills; enlarged literary vocabulary; facility with several critical approaches to literary analysis; and a command of research methods, bibliographic resources, and appropriate documentation of borrowed material.
  • By graduation, students in the Secondary Education track should also demonstrate a broad knowledge of subjects expected of the secondary teacher of English and language arts; receive a passing score on the Praxis II examination in language arts; and should fulfill the state-mandated requirements for certification in secondary language arts teaching as set out in the current catalogue.
  • By graduation, students in the Writing track will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of rhetorical theory and practice and the workings of the English language; an ability to write in a variety of forms and genres for diverse audiences; and competence in working with other students' writing and revising their own work.