Undergraduate Programs Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plan

 

I. BA IN ENGLISH AND BS IN ENGLISH (SECONDARY CERTIFICATION)

Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of the program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate familiarity with representative literary texts;
  • Read, interpret, and analyze literary texts with in their proper historical, cultural as well as literary contexts;
  • Conduct research into both primary and secondary sources on topics concerning authors, texts, and issues;
  • Develop original positions/theses on authors, texts, and issues using both primary and secondary sources; 
  • Pursue and present their original positions/theses cogently in effective, polished prose with proper documentation using the MLA Style of citation.

 

Assessment Instruments

Eng 470 Senior Seminar/Capstone

  • Representative sampling of research papers.
  • Assessment of two or three Learning Outcomes every year.
  • Using department approved rubric and scoring sheet.

 

Assessment Process

  • All English Department faculty members will participate in assessment sessions.
  • Each sampled research paper will be assessed by two faculty members.
  • Assessment session will be held as part of the May department faculty meeting.
  • Assessment results will be reported annually.

 

II. BA IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Learning Outcomes

            At the successful completion of the program, students will be able to

  • Demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of significant American texts;
  • Read, interpret, and analyze American literary, historical, cultural, and critical texts with rigor and depth in their appropriate contexts;
  • Conduct valid research into both primary and secondary sources on American topics related to authors, texts, and associated issues;
  • Develop viable, original arguments about American authors, texts, and related issues via primary and secondary sources;
  • Create and present viable, original arguments clearly and effectively in polished prose, using field-appropriate documentation.

 

Assessment Instruments

AS 217 The American Dream

  • Representative sampling of final research papers (collected every other semester).
  • Apply standards from program-approved rubric and scoring sheet

AS or HIS or ENG 400 Senior Seminar/Capstone

  • Sampling of research papers from students whose AS 217 research papers were assessed (collected every other semester).
  • Apply standards from program-approved rubric and scoring sheet.

Assessment Process

  • All faculty members who regularly teach American Studies courses will participate in assessment sessions.
  • Each sampled research paper will be assessed by two faculty members.
  • Assessment results will be reported annually.


 

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