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English Major Learning Goals and Outcomes

    • create texts for a variety of audiences and purposes
    • articulate how their work is designed to serve a particular audience and purpose
    • present ideas in a visual form
    • present ideas orally
    • revise their work based on feedback from their peers and/or instructors
    • articulate how skills practiced in the English major are reflected in work completed in other courses and settings
    • articulate areas of growth and continuing challenges in their development as thinkers, researchers, readers, and writers
    • summarize the contents of a text effectively
    • craft a thesis statement
    • incorporate evidence to support a thesis/claim
    • craft a claim that puts two or more texts into conversation
    • analyze textual details in depth (i.e., close reading)
    • explain how literary and rhetorical elements and devices contribute to a text’s meaning and the readers’ experiences
    • respond to the conventions of different genres and/or forms
    • compose research questions that meet the demands of the task
    • cite the ideas of others ethically in ways appropriate to the genre, audience, and purpose
    • discriminate between reliable and unreliable sources
    • integrate quotations or paraphrases into their work
    • synthesize the perspectives offered by multiple sources
    • articulate why they agree with another’s ideas
    • explain respectfully how and why their perspective disagrees with or complicates another’s ideas
    • explain how their work contributes to an existing intellectual and/or artistic conversation
    • apply specific scholarly and/or artistic vocabulary and concepts to enrich their work
    • describe how a text responds to specific historical or current events and attitudes
    • describe how a text reflects its author’s identities and experiences (e.g., race, class, sexuality, gender)
    • analyze and/or critique representations of identities and experiences (e.g., race, gender, class, citizenship, (dis)ability, indigeneity, sexual orientation, and/or religion) in a text