Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for the English graduate program

  • Students will know the history of literature written in English, including literary periods and generic traditions.
  • Students will locate literary texts in their historical, cultural, and rhetorical contexts.
  • Students will employ literary terms and contemporary critical methodologies in the analysis of texts, appropriately using and citing secondary materials.
  • Students will employ advanced research methods with professional rigor.
  • Students will understand, analyze, and effectively use the conventions of the English language.
  • Students will demonstrate how narratives lead to the discovery of cultures in their specificities and diversity, and to the understanding of human beings in their similarities and differences.
  • Students will fulfill Missouri State University’s public affairs mission by analyzing how literature, writers, and literary institutions respond to existing leadership and provide new leadership.