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Mission, Outcomes and Assessment

Undergraduate Program

Mission Statement

The English and Interdisciplinary Studies department’s programs prepare students to become innovative professionals and global citizens by teaching them to read closely and critically, write creatively and persuasively and explore the beauty and value of diverse literatures and cultures.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the English B.A. program, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze texts closely and critically, using key literary terms and concepts to interpret how the specific elements of a text contribute to its larger meanings (Textual Analysis; BOR Cross-Curricular Skills: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking; Integrative Learning).
  2. Identify significant texts, authors, periods, movements, genres, theories and modes from literary history, recognizing how literary texts both reflect and shape historical contexts, aesthetic values and cultural ideals (Literary History; BOR Cross-Curricular Skills: Inquiry and Analysis; Integrative Learning).
  3. Apply key theoretical ideas, concepts and methodologies to the reading and writing of texts (Theory; BOR Cross-Curricular Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking; Integrative Learning).
  4. Write argumentative, creative and reflective texts that demonstrate focus, content, structure, evidence, style and grammar appropriate to their rhetorical contexts (BOR Cross-Curricular Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking; Integrative Learning).
  5. Conduct scholarly research that incorporates the use of library resources and discipline-specific databases; the evaluation and integration of secondary sources; and the documentation of primary and secondary sources using MLA style (Research; BOR Cross-Curricular Skills: Information Literacy; Inquiry and Analysis).
  6. Explain how literature both reflects and enriches the diversity of human experience through its exploration of the ways in which race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, ability and class shape identity and influence perception (Diversity; BOR Cross-Curricular Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking; Inquiry and Analysis; Integrative Learning; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity).

Graduate Program

Mission Statement

The Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies M.A program prepares students for professional careers or further graduate study by developing their capacity to analyze texts, conduct research, apply theory and write creatively and critically.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the English M.A. program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to analyze and interpret literary and cultural texts (Textual Analysis).
  2. Examine significant texts, authors, periods, movements, genres, theories and modes from literary history, interpreting the relationship between texts and their historical, aesthetic, cultural and ideological contexts (Literary History).
  3. Compose sophisticated argumentative, creative and reflective texts that demonstrate focus, content, structure, evidence, style and grammar appropriate to their rhetorical contexts (Writing).
  4. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply theoretical concepts to the writing and analysis of texts (Theory).
  5. Produce original research that advances knowledge within the discipline; generates questions for scholarly inquiry; identifies its methodological and theoretical foundations; employs library resources and discipline-specific databases; evaluates and integrates secondary criticism; and documents sources using MLA style (Research).
  6. Explain how literature both reflects and enriches the diversity of human experience through its exploration of the ways in which race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, ability and class shape identity and influence perception (Diversity).
  7. Deliver instruction that demonstrates a growing mastery of course content (cultural analysis, rhetoric, grammar and research) and increasing skill in helping students of varying abilities improve their cultural awareness, critical acumen, reading comprehension and writing competence (Teaching; graduate teaching assistants only).

Curriculum Maps

I = Introduced

R = Reinforced

M = Mastered

English B.A.

Literature Specialization (Option A)

Core CoursesSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 151: Intro to English Studies I     I I I
ENGL 284: Intro to Criticism I I I R R I
ENGL 479: Capstone M   R M M  
British and American literature surveys (all required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 221: British Lit I R I   R   R
ENGL 222: British Lit II R I   R   R
ENGL 241: American Lit I R I   R   R
ENGL 242: American Lit II R I   R   R
100-/200-level literature courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 125: Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies I I   R   R
ENGL 210: Intro to Lit I I   R    
ENGL 211: World Lit I R R   R   R
ENGL 212: World Lit II R R   R   R
ENGL 240: Juvenile Lit R R   R   R
ENGL 248: Women in Lit R R   R   R
ENGL 249: Lit of Diverse Cultures R R   R   R
ENGL 250: Science Fiction R R   R    
ENGL 256: Lit of the American West R R   R   R
ENGL 268: Topics R R   R    
300-level literature courses (2 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 330: Shakespeare M M   R R  
ENGL 343: Selected Authors M M   R R  
ENGL 363: Literary Genres M M   R R  
ENGL 392: Historical Periods M M   R R  
400-level literature courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 484: Literary Criticism M     R R  
ENGL 445: American Indian Lit of the Past M M   R R R
ENGL 447: American Indian Lit of the Present M M   R R R
ENGL 492: Topics (Literature) M M   R R  
Writing courses (1 required)            
ENGL 379: Technical Writing R     R    
ENGL 383: Creative Writing R     R    
ENGL 483: Advanced Creative Writing R     M    
ENGL 492: Topics (Creative Writing) R   I M R  
ENGL 492: Topics (Professional Writing) R     R    
Linguistics courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
LING 203: English Grammar       I    
LING 420: The New English       R R  
LING 425: Modern Grammar       R R  
LING 443: Development of the English Language   I   R R  
LING 452: General Semantics       R R  

NOTE: Option A Students must also take two electives in English or Linguistics (6 credits); students may choose from courses listed above not already taken.

Writing Specialization (Option B)

Core CoursesSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 151: Intro to English Studies I     I I I
ENGL 284: Intro to Criticism I I I R R I
ENGL 479: Capstone M   R M M  
British and American literature surveys (2 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 221: British Lit I R I   R   R
ENGL 222: British Lit II R I   R   R
ENGL 241: American Lit I R I   R   R
ENGL 242: American Lit II R I   R   R
100-/200-level literature courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 125: Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies       R   R
ENGL 210: Intro to Lit I I   R    
ENGL 211: World Lit I R R   R   R
ENGL 212: World Lit II R R   R   R
ENGL 240: Juvenile Lit R R   R   R
ENGL 248: Women in Lit R R   R   R
ENGL 249: Lit of Diverse Cultures R R   R   R
ENGL 250: Science Fiction R R   R    
ENGL 256: Lit of the American West R R   R   R
ENGL 268: Topics R R   R    
300-/400-level literature courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 330: Shakespeare M M   R R  
ENGL 343: Selected Authors M M   R R  
ENGL 363: Literary Genres M M   R R  
ENGL 392: Historical Periods M M   R R  
ENGL 484: Literary Criticism M M   R R  
ENGL 445: American Indian Lit of the Past M M   R R R
ENGL 447: American Indian Lit of the Present M M   R R R
ENGL 492: Topics (Literature) M M   R R  
Writing or rhetoric courses (5 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 283: Creative Writing (if not taken for SGR 1) I     I I  
ENGL 379: Technical Writing R     R    
ENGL 383: Creative Writing R     R    
ENGL 483: Advanced Creative Writing R     M    
ENGL 492: Topics (Creative Writing) R   I M    
ENGL 492: Topics (Professional Writing) R     R R  
ENGL 492: Topics (Rhetoric) R   I M    
Linguistics courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
LING 203: English Grammar       I    
LING 420: The New English       R R  
LING 425: Modern Grammar       R R  
LING 443: Development of the English Language   I   R R  
LING 452: General Semantics       R R  

 NOTE: Option B Students must also take two English or Linguistics electives (6 credits); students may choose from courses listed above not already taken.

English Education Specialization (Option C)

Core CoursesSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 151: Intro to English Studies I     I I I
ENGL 284: Intro to Criticism     I R R I
ENGL 479: Capstone M   R M M  
British and American literature surveys (all required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 221: British Lit I R I   R   R
ENGL 222: British Lit II R I   R   R
ENGL 241: American Lit I R I   R   R
ENGL 242: American Lit II R I   R   R
Additional required coursesSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
LING 203: English Grammar       R    
ENGL 240: Juvenile Lit R R   R   R
ENGL 330: Shakespeare M M   R R  
ENGL 424: Language Arts Methods (Grades 7-12) R     R    
American Indian literature courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 445: American Indian Lit of the Past M M   R   R
ENGL 447: American Indian Lit of the Present M M   R   R
Writing courses (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary HistorySLO 3TheorySLO 4WritingSLO 5Research SLO 6Diversity
ENGL 379: Technical Writing R     R    
ENGL 383: Creative Writing R     R    
ENGL 483: Advanced Creative Writing R   I M    
ENGL 492: Topics (Professional Writing) R     R R  
ENGL 492: Topics (Creative Writing) R   I M    

NOTE: Option C students will take the remaining credit hours for the major in the Education department.

English M.A.

Literature Track

Core CoursesSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 704: Intro to Grad Studies I I I I I I  
ENGL 705: Seminar in Teaching Comp I   I I I   I
 British Literature (2 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 522: Chaucer I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
ENGL 523: Old and Middle English Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 534: English Eighteenth-Century Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 538: English Victorian Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 724: English Lit Before 1660 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 725: English Lit Since 1660 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 755: Minority Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R I or R  
American Literature (2 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 553: American Renaissance Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 554: American Real and Nat Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 560: Contemporary American Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 728: American Lit Before 1900 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 729: American Lit Since 1900 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 742: American Indian Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R I or R  
ENGL 755: Minority Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R I or R  
Electives (2 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
Courses listed above not already taken/already taken but with different topic. I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
ENGL 592: Topics: Poetry I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 592: Topics: Fiction I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 592: Topics: Creative Non-Fiction I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 592: Topics: Screenwriting I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 591: Independent Study: Oakwood I or R   I or R        
ENGL 710: Seminar in Rhetoric I or R   I or R I or R I or R    
ENGL 792: Professional Writing I or R   I or R   I or R    
Additional RequirementsSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
Option A: Thesis              
Proposal Presentation   R R R R    
Critical or Creative Thesis M M M M M    
Option B: Research/Design Project              
Two additional electives from courses listed above not already taken/already taken but with different topic. I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
Critical and/or Creative Portfolio M M M M M    
Option C: Coursework              
Four additional electives from courses listed above not already taken/already taken but with different topic. I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
Written Exam M M M        
All Options              
Oral Exam M M M M M M  
Graduate Teaching Assistants              
Teaching Observation 1             R
Teaching Observation 2             M

* Parentheses indicate that whether course fulfills diversity requirement varies with topic. All students must take at least one graduate-level literature course that supports diversity outcome.

Writing and Rhetoric Track

Core CoursesSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 704: Intro to Grad Studies I I I I I I  
ENGL 705: Seminar in Teaching Comp I   I I I   I
ENGL 710: Seminar in Rhetoric I or R   I or R I or R I or R    
Writing and Rhetoric (3 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 592: Topics: Poetry I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 592: Topics: Fiction I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 592: Topics: Creative Non-Fiction I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 592: Topics: Screenwriting I or R   I or R I or R      
ENGL 591: Independent Study: Oakwood I or R   I or R        
ENGL 710: Seminar in Rhetoric (different topic from above) I or R   I or R I or R I or R    
ENGL 792: Topics: Professional Writing I or R   I or R   I or R    
 British Literature (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 522: Chaucer I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
ENGL 523: Old and Middle English Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 534: English Eighteenth-Century Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 538: English Victorian Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 724: English Lit Before 1660 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 725: English Lit Since 1660 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 755: Minority Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R I or R  
American Literature (1 required)SLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
ENGL 553: American Renaissance Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 554: American Real and Nat Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 560: Contemporary American Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 728: American Lit Before 1900 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 729: American Lit Since 1900 I or R I or R I or R   I or R (I or R)  
ENGL 742: American Indian Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R I or R  
ENGL 755: Minority Lit I or R I or R I or R   I or R I or R  
Additional RequirementsSLO 1Textual AnalysisSLO 2Literary KnowledgeSLO 3WritingSLO 4TheorySLO 5ResearchSLO 6Diversity*SLO 7Teaching
Option A: Thesis              
Proposal Presentation   R R R R    
Critical or Creative Thesis M M M M M    
Option B: Research/Design Project              
Two additional electives from courses listed above not already taken/already taken but with different topic. I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
Critical Research Paper or Writing Portfolio M M M M M    
Option C: Coursework              
Four additional electives from courses listed above    not already taken/already taken but with different topic. I or R I or R I or R   I or R    
Written Exam M M M        
All Options              
Oral Exam M M M M M M  
Graduate Teaching Assistants              
Teaching Observation 1             R
Teaching Observation 2             M

* Parentheses indicate that whether course fulfills diversity requirement varies with topic. All students must take at least one graduate-level literature course that supports diversity outcome.