Department of English

Graduate Program Student Learning Outcomes

MA--Creative Writing

A successful student in the MA—Creative Writing Program will be able to

  • Write publication-quality creative texts that use the conventions and traditions of various literary genres, e.g., poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction.
  • Analyze and evaluate major works of literary theory and criticism and apply them to works of literature in English.
  • Analyze the interaction between literary texts and their social, cultural, and historical contexts.
  • Evaluate the extent to which the traditions of English and American literature have influenced their own creative work.

MA—TESL

A successful student in the MA—TESL Program will be able to

  • Explain the teaching methods necessary for the effective teaching of English to second language learners.
  • Analyze the extent to which linguistic theories and structures of English are necessary to the effective teaching of English to second language learners.
  • Evaluate the extent to which multiculturalism, a positive attitude towards cultural differences, and a variety of worldviews affect the teaching and learning of English as a second language.

MA—Literature

A successful student in the MA—Literature Program will be able to

  • Analyze a range of literary texts from British and American authors using a variety of interpretive methods.
  • Evaluate major works of literary theory and criticism and apply them to works of literature in English.
  • Conduct sound literary research in English.
  • Analyze the interaction between literary texts and their social, cultural, and historical contexts.

MA--Composition and Rhetoric

A successful student in the MA—Composition and Rhetoric Program will be able to

  • Apply pedagogical theory to classroom practice in the teaching of post-secondary composition.
  • Synthesize relevant research in composition and rhetoric in order to produce high quality, scholarly writing in either print-based or digital formats.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional, cultural, ethical, and socio-economic issues related to the teaching of post-secondary writing.
  • Analyze and evaluate texts based on the key frameworks, concepts, and questions in the study of rhetoric.