Our outcomes follow those recommended by the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Allowing outcomes to drive curriculum and pedagogy ensures parity and consistency across courses, as well as ensuring that students who complete our program share a specific set of academic achievements.

ENGL 1157 introduces students to the concepts, strategies, and habits of mind that will lead to these outcomes. Students who earn passing grades in ENGL 1158 exhibit proficiency in three areas: Rhetorical Knowledge; Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing; and Knowledge of Conventions.

Rhetorical Knowledge

Students should be able to:

  • Determine purpose and audience in their own and others' writing.
  • Understand how purpose, audience, and context affect writing style, voice, and tone.
  • Apply appropriate rhetorical strategies for diverse writing situations.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and/or compose in different genres (such as editorial writing, personal narratives, reviews, satires, dialogues, letters, or profile essays).
  • Demonstrate familiarity with and/or incorporate different media (such as power point presentations, web pages, pod casts, or visual essays)

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing

Students should be able to:

  • Analyze and/or interpret texts and other forms of discourse in multiple genres.
  • Use logical reasoning.
  • Summarize, analyze, evaluate, and respond to the ideas of others.
  • Understand writing as a process that involves invention, drafting, collaboration, and revision.
  • Identify and incorporate persuasive techniques.
  • Write informative, analytical, and persuasive essays.
  • Incorporate the ideas and texts of others.
  • Use library and non-library research methods.
  • Evaluate sources. 

Knowledge of Conventions

Students should be able to:

  • Use standard grammar.
  • Follow conventions for word choice, syntax, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Follow conventions appropriate for the given genre and/or medium, such as style, diction, and format.
  • Use a variety of sentence structures.
  • Document sources in MLA style.