English Department Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: ENGL Literature Emphasis

1. Reading: Students will read critically and interpret texts with attention to form and genre, ambiguity and complexity, considering how aesthetic experiences fostered by works of literature are central to their meaning and ethical force.

2. Writing Process: Students will practice a deliberate writing process with emphasis on inquiry, audience, research, and revision.

3. Genre and Rhetorical Situation: Students will be able to differentiate between genres of writing, understand the formal elements of language use in those genres, and write in appropriate genres and modes for a variety of purposes and audiences, in print and/or digital contexts.

4. Engaging the World Through Literature: Students will situate a work of literature in its historical, national, and geographical contexts; consider its continuing relevance; and develop a critical understanding of how literature is produced within structures of power and can be used both to uphold and resist power.

5. Critical Approaches: Students will have the ability to read works of criticism and theory, situating their own readings of primary and secondary texts in relation to larger critical debates.

6. Research Skills: Students will identify topics and formulate questions for productive inquiry; identify appropriate methods and sources for research and evaluate critically the sources they find; and use sources effectively in their own writing, citing them appropriately.

7. Oral Communication: Students will participate effectively in critical conversations and demonstrate the ability to prepare, organize, and deliver their work to the public.

8. Engaging Difference and Otherness: Students will develop an appreciation for the diversity of literary and social voices within–and sometimes marginalized by–cultural traditions. Students will study literature as a vehicle for investigating race, class, and gender; social justice and inequality; and humans and their environments.

 

Learning Outcomes: ENGL Writing Emphasis

1. Reading: Students will read actively and interpret texts with attention to ambiguity, complexity, and aesthetic value.

2. Writing Process: Students will practice a deliberate writing process with emphasis on inquiry, audience, research, and revision.

3. Genre and Rhetorical Situation: Students will be able to differentiate between genres of writing, understand the formal elements of language use in those genres, and write in appropriate genres and modes for a variety of purposes and audiences, in print and/or digital contexts.

4. Culture and History: Students will have the ability to read diverse texts with consideration for their historical and cultural contexts.

5. Critical Approaches: Students will have the ability to read works of craft and criticism and deploy ideas from these texts in their own reading and writing.

6. Oral Communication: Students will participate effectively in critical conversations and demonstrate the ability to prepare, organize, and deliver their work to the public.

Literature Element of the General University Requirement

Framing Language and Program Goals:

Literature courses in the Department of English offer students the opportunity to study influential writings from the British, American, and global Anglophone traditions. Courses may focus on a historical period, an issue or theme, a critical approach, or a literary genre. Literature provides imaginative and critical insights into all areas of human experience-war and peace, nature and culture, love and sexuality, selfhood and social identity, justice and atrocity, the sacred and the profane, the burdens of history and the dreams of the future. Learning to attend to the complexities of literary texts helps students become more active and critical readers, and the creative aspects of literary texts highlight the ability of the written word to elicit feeling, to cultivate an imaginative openness to others’ experiences, and to call us to account as humans. Studying literature at the college level encourages all PLU graduates to view the reading of challenging and imaginative texts as an essential and rewarding part of a life-long commitment to learning and growth.

GUR Element Description:

Literature: Literary study explores how writers from a vast array of cultural traditions have used the creative resources of language-in fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose-to explore the entire range of human experience. The practice of reading literary texts exercises the imagination, cultivates a capacity for understanding ambiguity and complexity, and instills a sensitivity to the diversities of human existence. Literary study builds skills of analytical and interpretive argument, helping students become creative and critical writers.

GUR Element Learning Outcomes

The English Department has developed the following learning objectives for 190 and 200-level literature courses. Students may also fulfill the Literature Element by taking a 300-level literature course, which, will include more advanced learning objectives in addition to those listed here. (Please refer to the English Department’s list of learning outcomes for majors):

The student will:

1. Gain an introductory knowledge of the some of the issues explored in influential works of the English-language tradition, and of some of the stylistic strategies writers have used to explore those issues.

2. Read complex texts actively: recognize key passages; raise questions; appreciate complexity and ambiguity; comprehend the literal and figurative uses of language.

3. Appreciate literary form: recognize how form and structure shape a text’s meaning; appreciate how genre generates expectations and shapes meanings.

4. Interpret texts with an awareness of and curiosity for other viewpoints.

5. Practice writing as a process of motivated inquiry, engaging other writers’ ideas through the use of quotations, paraphrase, allusions and summary. Use sources well and cite them correctly.

6. Increase confidence in speaking publicly: articulate clear questions and ideas in class discussion; listen thoughtfully and respectfully to others’ ideas; and prepare, organize, and deliver engaging oral presentations.

7. Attend to a wider range of voices within and across cultures.

8. Enjoy the experience of reading challenging literature: appreciate literature’s ability to elicit feeling, cultivate the imagination, and call us to account as humans.

Alignment to the University ILOs:

University ILOs that align to this General Education element are:

  • Knowledge base
  • Critical Reflection
  • Expression
  • Interaction with others
  • Valuing
  • Multiple Frameworks

Approved April, 2009