Student Learning Outcomes

UCCS-English Department: Student Learning Outcomes English Majors - Literature Emphasis

UCCS English Faculty have established the following student learning outcomes.

  1. To be able to interpret a range of literary texts representing cultural diversity.
  2. To be able to interpret a range of literary texts representing various genres.
  3. To be able to interpret a range of literary texts representing various historical contexts.
  4. To be able to analyze literary texts through the skill of close reading.
  5. To be able to analyze literary texts through the context of literary histories.
  6. To be able to analyze literary texts through the lenses of literary criticism and theory.
  7. To be able to write cogent, clear, thoughtful essays that demonstrate the student's control over grammar and mechanics.
  8. To be able to use electronic and traditional methods of research effectively.

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Rhetoric and Writing Option -- Student Learning Outcomes

Rhetorical Knowledge

  • Students identify and name the elements of a given rhetorical situation.
  • Students apply rhetorical theories to a wide range of situations for analytical and productive purposes.
  • Students evaluate their own or others’ rhetorical choices in light of anticipated consequences.
  • Students understand how genres shape arguments.

Writing Process Knowledge

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the various components of the writing process, including invention, drafting, revision, and editing.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the peer-review process and the variety of roles possible within it.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of various approaches to the teaching of writing.

Craft, Genre, & Editing Knowledge

  • Students can compose in a variety of genres.
  • Students organize their written texts in ways that are responsive to the rhetorical situation.
  • Students show coherence and cohesion in their written discourse.
  • Student consider, apply, and control stylistic options (prose style, figurative language, voice, register, tone, word choice, etc.).
  • Students recognize and self-edit errors in syntax, grammar, usage, punctuation, mechanics, and spelling in written discourse.
  • Students peer-review each other’s work.

Reflective Learning

  • Students consciously synthesize and integrate insights from one writing project and course into another.
  • Students demonstrate awareness of their own writing process.
  • Students can articulate their particular area(s) of interest within rhetoric and writing.

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UCCS-English Department: Student Learning Outcomes English Majors - Elementary / Special Education Pre-Licensure

UCCS English Faculty have established the following student learning outcomes.

  1. Students demonstrate the ability to write clearly, cogently, and thoughtfully.
  2. Students demonstrate language control including grammar, mechanics and syntax.
  3. Students demonstrate awareness of multiple theories of literacy.
  4. Students demonstrate analysis of texts through close & critical reading using multiple theoretical lenses.
  5. To be able to interpret a range of texts representing diversity, various genres and historical contexts.
  6. To be able to find appropriate primary and secondary research materials, apply them in writing to support own arguments, and correctly cite sources.

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UCCS-English Department: Student Learning Outcomes English Majors - Secondary Education

UCCS English Faculty have established the following student learning outcomes.

  1. Students demonstrate the ability to write clearly, cogently, and thoughtfully.
  2. Students demonstrate language control including grammar, mechanics and syntax.
  3. Students demonstrate awareness of multiple theories of literacy and the theoretical foundations of composition pedagogy.
  4. Students demonstrate analysis of texts through close & critical reading using multiple theoretical lenses. 
  5. To be able to interpret a range of texts representing diversity, various genres and historical contexts.
  6. To be able to find appropriate primary and secondary research materials, apply them in writing to support own arguments, and correctly cite sources. 

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