Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of language as a means of clarifying thinking, determining value, communicating information, and influencing the views of others.
  • Students will distinguish between ethical and unethical uses of language, demonstrate skepticism and curiosity by asking questions, and seek and evaluate the evidence that underlies claims.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of how values and perspectives shift over time, and how they shift according to nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference, age, social class, and ability grouping. They will also demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among language, knowledge, and power.
  • Students will demonstrate an appreciation for writing as a means of knowing, develop an ability to do close, analytical reading, and use reasoning to analyze, criticize, develop, and defend arguments.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to formulate a research question, to locate and evaluate sources, and to synthesize and converse with these sources in the context of a research paper. They will demonstrate the ability to cite the work of others in MLA or other appropriate styles and use information ethically and responsibly.
  • Students will demonstrate effective writing skills in various formats and for various purposes, effective oral communication skills, and be aware that it usually takes multiple drafts to create and complete a successful text.
  • Students will develop insight (especially through reading) into oneís own and othersí behavior and thinking processes. They will also reflect (especially in writing) on their experiences and find meaning in them. They will also develop the ability to deal with other people in a civil and appropriate manner.
  • Students will engage in career planning and development by developing realistic goals for implementing oneís knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits. They will also identify and develop skills and experiences that will help in achieving these career goals. In addition, students will use electronic environments to draft and compose.
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