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English Major Learning Goals and Outcomes

    • summarize the contents of a text as a whole effectively
    • marshal evidence that supports a claim
    • explain how literary and rhetorical elements and devices contribute to the text's meaning and the reader's experience
    • analyze relevant passages in depth
    • articulate the audience and purpose of an artifact in the artifact and/or reflection
    • produce artifacts in multiple modes
    • produce artifacts for a variety of audiences and purposes
    • create artifacts that fulfill the needs and expectations of the intended audiences
    • cite the ideas of others in ways appropriate to the audience and purpose
    • compose research questions that meet the demands of the assignment or problem to be addressed
    • discriminate between reliable and unreliable sources
    • cite sources ethically in a manner appropriate to the audience and genre
    • explain how/why evidence drawn from sources advances one's argument and addresses one's research question
    • respond (i.e., refute, accommodate, concede) to perspectives different from one's own
    • synthesize the perspectives offered by multiple sources
    • explain why one's conclusions are significant
    • identify the form and genre of a text
    • describe the characteristics of different literary movements (e.g., modernism, transcendentalism)
    • explain how one can tell that a particular text belongs to a particular movement
    • compare and contrast two texts representing different forms, genres, periods, or cultural perspectives
    • identify the historical and cultural context in which a text was produced
    • describe how a particular historical event, shift, or attitude is reflected in a text
    • offer evidence to demonstrate this connection
    • explain how a particular text influenced historical events or readers
    • compare and contrast texts produced in different cultures or at different historical moments
    • justify the importance of a particular text for understanding the period and culture in which it was produced
    • describe how a text reflects its author's identity (e.g., race, class, sexuality, gender)
    • differentiate between various theoretical and methodological approaches, explaining them in one's own words
    • identify a relevant disciplinary concept and/or theory and apply it to specific details within a text being analyzed (whether another author's or one's own)
    • justify the application of a particular approach to a text being analyzed (whether another author's or one's own)