English

Program and Learning Outcomes

English major Brittney Herman presents
an award-winning paper at TTU Research
and Creative Inquiry Day


The curriculum for the B.A. in English serves these departmental learning outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate the capacity to write and speak clearly, read perceptively, and think critically;
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of historical traditions in British and American literature;
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of how written and spoken language expresses diverse cultural experiences; and
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of the functions and historical development of the English language.

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The Department has established five learning objectives for its M.A. students:

  1. Students will demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge of literary history, theory, and pedagogy.
  2. Students will be prepared for success in Ph.D. programs in English.
  3. Students will be prepared for success in other areas of advanced graduate education.
  4. Students will be prepared for teaching careers in high schools and community colleges.
  5. Students will be prepared for careers outside academe that require advanced analytical and communication skills.

English_MA_Self-Study Report-Jan2017


The Department has established student learning outcomes for its English B.A. and M.A. program core courses:

ENGL 3000

By the end of ENGL 3000, students will be able to

  1. define and articulate educational and career goals.
  2. apply research methods relevant to English studies.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of various critical and theoretical approaches to literature.
  4. employ a repertoire of critical strategies for reading, interpreting, and writing about texts.
  5. demonstrate knowledge of professions and careers in which the English degree would be necessary or helpful.

ENGL 3810

At the conclusion of ENGL 3810, students will achieve these outcomes in relation to British literature from the Old English period to the Eighteenth Century:

  1. write and speak clearly.
  2. read perceptively and think critically.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultures and historical movements and the ways that cultural context shapes texts and their interpretation.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the functions and historical development of the English language.

ENGL 3820

At the conclusion of ENGL 3820, students will achieve these outcomes in relation to British literature from the Romantics to the present:

  1. write and speak clearly.
  2. read perceptively and think critically.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultures and historical movements and the ways that cultural context shapes texts and their interpretation.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the functions and historical development of the English language.

ENGL 3910

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  1. identify and discuss the major periods, traditions, features, and important figures of Colonial and early American literature to the Civil War.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the influence of historical developments on the literature of these periods and on contemporary American culture.
  3. write and speak clearly on topics pertaining to these studies.
  4. show ability to analyze literary texts and employ and recognize literary terms and features in these texts.

ENGL 3920

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  1. identify and discuss the major periods, traditions, features, and important figures of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century through the contemporary period.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the influence of historical developments on the literature of these periods and on contemporary American culture.
  3. write and speak clearly on topics pertaining to these studies.
  4. show ability to analyze literary texts and employ and recognize literary terms and features in these texts.

ENGL 4121

Students who successfully complete ENGL 4121 should be able to

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the Shakespeare canon.
  2. write and speak clearly, read perceptively, and think critically.
  3. demonstrate an understanding of historical traditions in British literature.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the functions and historical development of the English language.

ENGL 4995

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  1. critically read and analyze a variety of texts related to the course's theme or period.
  2. communicate their analyses in formal projects including written and oral assignments.
  3. demonstrate research skills relevant to the course's theme or period.
  4. apply specific course concepts to a broader conversation regarding the course's theme or period.
  5. demonstrate knowledge of critical movements and familiarity with various methods of interpreting texts.

ENGL 6000

English 6000 empowers students to

  1. Conduct graduate-level research in English studies
  2. Interpret texts from a variety of critical approaches to literature
  3. Use the conventions of scholarly writing in English studies, including MLA-style documentation
  4. Understand professional issues and follow professional practices in English studies
  5. Create and begin to develop your curriculum vitae