Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes

Common Student Learning Outcomes for majors:

Upon the successful completion of the English majors (ENGL, ENGW, and ENGA), students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in four primary areas of: Knowledge, Theories and methods of reading, Critical thinking skills and Communication.

Knowledge

Student learning outcomes:

1. Define multiple literary traditions and genealogies

2. Define multiple literary critical traditions

3. Explain how history and culture inform the production and study of literature and other texts

4. Articulate how the imaginative constructs of poetry, drama, and prose (fiction and nonfiction) illuminate fundamental questions of human experience

Theories and methods of reading

Student learning outcomes:

5. Define critical theories/methods of reading

6. Employ critical theories/methods of reading to interpret texts

Critical thinking skills

Student learning outcomes:

7. Identify rhetorical tactics within texts

8. Analyze the function of rhetorical tactics within texts

9. Argue for interpretations and evaluations of texts

10. Reflect on the validity of personal bases for evaluating texts in light of textual, historical, and cultural evidence

11. Demonstrate habits of logical thinking, proceeding from the identification of evidence, through the construction of hypotheses, to the identification of conclusions

Communication

Student learning outcomes:

12. Construct well-written texts in a variety of genres and/or media

13. Deliver effective multi-media presentations

14. Demonstrate effective strategies for collaboration with peers

15. Articulate how the learning outcomes for their major transfer to other courses and vocations they pursue after graduating from Marquette University


Major-Specific Student Learning Outcomes:

In addition to the common Learning Outcomes, students in the following majors will be able to...

ENGL

Student learning outcomes:

16. Evaluate the relevance of textual representations to specific historical and cultural contexts.

ENGW

Student learning outcomes:

17. Demonstrate writing expertise across a variety of texts and contexts.

18. Explain writing expertise in relation to their own writing as well as the writing of others across a variety of texts and contexts.

19. Explain how language plays a role in constructing social relationships in different, differently mediated contexts.

ENGA

Student learning outcomes:

17. Demonstrate writing expertise across a variety of texts and contexts.

18. Explain writing expertise in relation to their own writing as well as the writing of others across a variety of texts and contexts.

19. Explain how language plays a role in constructing social relationships in different, differently mediated contexts.

20. Demonstrate competency in content areas specified by D.P.I.