Student Learning Outcomes

The English program at HSU encompasses perspectives derived from literary theory, contextual knowledge about literature, the analysis of language, the close reading of texts, and written expression.

B.A. Program

B.A. Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to draw connections between text and context (i.e., political, historical, linguistic and cultural contexts of race, class, gender and sexuality). 
  • Students will understand how to use and apply information from public and scholarly sources in their writing. 
  • Students will demonstrate understanding and application of rhetorical, literary, and linguistic theories, including accurate and appropriate use of disciplinary terminology. 
  • Students will construct texts with attention to audience and purpose, effectively using public, literary, and/or scholarly sources and conventions of a selected genre. 

 

Student Learning Outcomes in the B.A.
  • Students will analyze the relationships between texts and contexts (i.e., political, historical, linguistic and cultural contexts of race, class, gender and sexuality).
  • Students will integrate information from public and scholarly sources in their writing. 
  • Students will apply disciplinary and theoretical terminology to critically analyze cultural practices and/or products. 
  • Students will write a reflection on their design of a career-pathway portfolio that reflects a rhetorical purpose.


M.A. Program

M.A. Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to produce advanced-level, research-based analytical writing in one or more genres and/or media.
  • Students will demonstrate the use of a variety of interpretive strategies for analyzing multiple types of texts, including digital and new media production.
  • Students will locate texts in their cultural and historical contexts.
  • Students will examine and apply key theories and practices in reading, writing, teaching, and/or knowledge-making, including relationships between discourse, textuality, power, and social justice.
  • In the course of producing a master’s thesis or project, students will define an area of inquiry and its relation to the field by grounding the work in appropriate theory.

 

Student Learning Outcomes in the M.A. Program

  • Students will write in one or more genres and/or media to compose a professional-quality and research-based project.
  • Students will perform a historicist reading of a text, identifying the relevant historical and cultural contexts in which it makes sense to interpret a text. 
  • Students will examine and apply key theories and practices in reading, writing, and knowledge-making, including relationships between discourse, textuality, power, and social justice. 
  • Students will define an area of inquiry and its relation to the field at large by producing a project or thesis.