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Student Learning Outcomes for English Courses

English 098: Developmental Writing and Reading

The successful student will be able to
1. distinguish main ideas and supporting details and employ active reading strategies to understand texts at the critical level. 
2. construct clear, grammatically correct sentences using a variety of sentence structures and appropriate academic vocabulary.
3. apply prewriting strategies to organize ideas in response to a prompt to create appropriately structured paragraphs and short essays.
4. compose one to two pages demonstrating consistent control of appropriate verb tenses for the context.
5. demonstrate good control of paragraph form and structure in a wide variety of rhetorical forms.
6. demonstrate a consistent ability to use coordinating conjunctions, adverb clauses of time, contrast, and cause and effect, and adjective clauses with who, whom, which, whose, and that.

English 099: Preparation for College Writing and Reading

The successful student will be able to
1. infer, through discussion, written responses, and summaries, basic and critical comprehension of college-level texts.
2. compose well-structured essays that show mastery of organization, focus, and development.
3. revise writing so that it uses correct English grammar, syntax, diction, and spelling.

English G100: Freshman Composition

The successful student will be able to
1. evaluate published texts and individual and collaborative writing by applying critical and analytical reading strategies.
2. support a thesis in an appropriately structured essay, using specific, factual, detailed information.
3. identify, evaluate, and select research material relevant to a well-defined topic, and properly compile this material into a claim-based research paper using MLA format.

English 100H: Freshman Composition, Honors

The successful student will be able to
1. evaluate published texts and individual and collaborative writing by applying critical and analytical reading strategies. 
2. support a thesis in an appropriately structured essay, using specific, factual, detailed information.
3. identify, evaluate, and select research material relevant to a well-defined topic, and properly compile this material into a claim-based research paper using MLA format.

English 110: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing through Literature

The successful student will be able to
1. identify, evaluate, compare, analyze, and interpret the major literary genres (both fiction and related non-fiction).
2. generate critical arguments through the synthesis of material from various sources, including researched secondary sources.
3. construct and revise arguments that employ literary terminology, that exemplify analytical control of language, that exhibit no disruptive errors in English grammar, usage, and punctuation, and that are free of formal and informal fallacies.

English 110H: Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing through Literature, Honors

The successful student will be able to
1. identify, evaluate, compare, analyze, and interpret the major literary genres (both fiction and related non-fiction).
2. generate critical arguments through the synthesis of material from various sources, including researched secondary sources.
3. construct and revise arguments that employ literary terminology, that exemplify analytical control of language, that exhibit no disruptive errors in English grammar, usage, and punctuation, and that are free of formal and informal fallacies.

English 112: Appreciation of Literature

The successful student will be able to
1. construct a broad understanding of various literary genres, elements, and techniques in a cultural/historical context.
2. compose and justify interpretations of specific literary works using textual evidence for support. 
3. formulate connections between literary works and their cultural/historical context.

English 114: Great Myths and Legends

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts.
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts.
3. apply relevant critical approaches to investigate connections between famous myths and legends from world cultures. 

English 114H: Great Myths and Legends, Honors

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. apply relevant critical approaches to investigate connections between famous myths and legends from various world cultures.

English 143: Children’s Literature

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain themes of initiation, maturation, morality, fantasy, and education in preteen and adolescent poetry and literature.
English 150: American Literature through the Civil War (1865)

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the relationship between literary works and the literary movement associated with their periods.

English 155: American Literature 1865 to the Present

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the relationship between literary works and the literary movement associated with their periods.

English 160: Masterpieces of World Literature through the Ren.

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the artistic merit and influences on modern thought present in the literature of both Western and Eastern countries before the European Renaissance.

English 160H: Masterpieces of World Lit through the Ren, Honors

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the artistic merit and influences on modern thought present in the literature of both Western and Eastern countries before the European Renaissance.

English 161: Masterpieces of World Lit Since the Ren.

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the artistic merit and influences on modern thought present in the literature of both Western and Eastern countries after the European Renaissance.

English 161H: Masterpieces of World Lit Since the Ren, Honors

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the artistic merit and influences on modern thought present in the literature of both Western and Eastern countries after the European Renaissance.

English 181: Shakespeare
The successful student will be able to
1. demonstrate an ability to think critically and creatively by writing well-argued, nuanced analytical essays that articulate a solid thesis, use several key supporting examples from primary and secondary sources, and provide a conclusion that illustrates the overall importance of the work being discussed.
2.  demonstrate an ability to perform effective academic research of secondary sources and a mastery of MLA formatting guidelines.
3.  demonstrate a solid understanding of Shakespeare's texts.

English 181H: Shakespeare, Honors

The successful student will be able to
1. demonstrate an ability to think critically and creatively by writing well-argued, nuanced analytical essays that articulate a solid thesis, use several key supporting examples from primary and secondary sources, and provide a conclusion that illustrates the overall importance of the work being discussed.
2.  demonstrate an ability to perform effective academic research of secondary sources and a mastery of MLA formatting guidelines.
3.  demonstrate a solid understanding of Shakespeare's texts.

English 270: British Literature to 1800

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the relationship between literary works and the literary movement associated with their periods.

English 275: British Literature Since 1800

The successful student will be able to
1. investigate literary, historical, social, and/or cultural significance to critically interpret texts. 
2. discover artistic and/or historical contributions to literature by evaluating the stylistic, formal, thematic, and/or rhetorical elements of texts. 
3. examine and explain the relationship between literary works and the literary movement associated with their periods.

English 280: Creative Writing

The successful student will be able to
1. identify and apply techniques for successful composition of original poetry, stories, essays, and/or drama.
2. compose and evaluate original pieces of creative writing.
3. revise writing based on instructor and peer critique.

English 281: Creative Writing: Prose

The successful student will be able to
1. identify and apply techniques for successful composition of original forms of prose, such as short stories, magazine articles, screen plays, stage plays, autobiographies, or personal essays.
2. compose and evaluate original pieces of creative writing.
3. revise writing based on instructor and peer critique.