Learning Outcomes


1. Use clear, correct, and concrete language to develop focused, organized writing that is original and significant.

2. Use quotation and paraphrase effectively and appropriately.

3. Use rhetorical techniques and/or aesthetic devices that effectively establish the authority of the student’s own voice for a given audience.


1. Comprehend complex and diverse texts in their own historical and generic contexts, while also remaining aware of multiple interpretations.

2. Analyze the defining characteristics, structures, and stylistic choices of complex texts.

3. Critically evaluate information from multiple sources, sites, or texts (e.g. rhetorical, linguistic, cultural, artistic, experiential, etc.).

Argumentation and Research

1. Develop a rationally defensible and significant argument that incorporates an awareness of competing claims.

2. Support an arguable claim with research that is adequate in terms of quality, quantity, relevance, and diversity.

3. Integrate sources precisely and efficiently without compromising the voice of either the source or the student.

Cultural Literacy

1. Understand how culture and history shape beliefs and customs in which texts operate.

2. Evaluate literary texts and other cultural artifacts from the perspective(s) in which they are situated.

3. Access and assess resources from a range of disciplines (sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, anthropology, etc.) and apply them in the study and creation of cultural productions of diverse communities.