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Department of English Learning Outcomes

I. To practice and to produce writing that is effective in academic circles, professional settings, and beyond.

II. To analyze and to construct critical responses to discourse, with particular emphasis on literary and cultural artifacts, addressing significance in ways that are perceptive and persuasive.

III. To articulate various ways in which the Christian worldview informs human experience.

IV. To offer knowledgeable and insightful contributions to the dialogue on the dynamics of cultural diversity.

Key Terms

Christian worldview—distinct perspective(s) on phenomena produced as a result of adherence to the Christian faith

cultural artifacts—human constructs, both abstract and concrete, functioning within an identifiable sign system (such as language)—hence, possessing some significance--and contributing to a society’s discourse

cultural diversity—variations in society exhibited by features such as--but not limited to--ethnicity, gender, economic status, nationality and religious persuasion.

discourse—collection of a society’s communicative events both linguistic and non-linguistic; collection of linguistic and non-linguistic communicative events within a given segment of society or culture 

effective writing—is of publishable quality by meeting the following criteria: rhetorical sophistication; logical structure; adherence to standards of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; utilization of research that is thorough, appropriate to the task, and cited and referenced to methods recognized in the professions

publishable quality—ready for dissemination as print, electronic, or other media rhetorical sophistication—the ability to argue one’s position in a variety of discursive styles and

significance—the meaning(s) that may be logically concluded as being communicated—both explicitly and implicitly--by a given artifact or aspect of discourse

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