Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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In the Millersville English Department, we strive to transform each student's unique potential into the capacity for successful engagement in career and life opportunities.

Our English Department provides diverse, dynamic, meaningful experiences to inspire our English majors to grow both intellectually and personally.  We hope to enable them to contribute positively to both local and global communities with professionalism, integrity, and compassion. 

To that end, we have created Program outcomes as well as learning outcomes and competencies for our courses.  These are the skills and dispositions students should acquire when taking the courses.

As Judith Butler points out, “the humanities allow us to learn to read carefully, with appreciation and a critical eye; to find ourselves, unexpectedly, in the middle of the ancient texts we read, but also to find ways of living, thinking, acting, and reflecting that belong to times and spaces we have never known. The humanities give us a chance to read across languages and cultural differences in order to understand the vast range of perspectives in and on this world. How else can we imagine living together without this ability to see beyond where we are, to find ourselves linked with others we have never directly known, and to understand that, in some abiding and urgent sense, we share a world?”

The development of critical thinking in the study of literature also connects to maintaining our democratic way of life. As Butler contends, "An active and sensate democracy requires that we learn how to read well, not just texts but images and sounds, to translate across languages, across media, ways of performing, listening, acting, making art and theory.”

At Millersville, we understand the significance of this responsibility to educate thoughtful citizens and people who will continue to think long and deep about their lives and the lives of those around them. We help our students identify and develop the meaning of/in their lives by instilling a love of curiosity, critical thinking, and life-long learning.  And, in addition to that, we give them the skills that employers need and desire, to make them career-ready graduates.

Foundational Goals for all Majors

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge about texts—print and non-print texts, media texts, canonical and non-canonical texts—that represent a range of literatures from different linguistic and historical traditions, and the experiences of different genders, ethnicities, and social classes.

  • Students will employ diverse theoretical frameworks to interpret and critique a range of texts.

  • Students will compose a range of formal and informal texts in varied genres, using language to accommodate audience, purpose and context.

  • Students will demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between the studies of language, literature, media and society.

Terminal Goal for all Majors

Students will demonstrate interactions between and among the studies of language, literatures, writing and culture across interdisciplinary, professional, or civic engagement experiences.