Assessment Report | Mission | Learning Outcomes

2018/19 English Department Assessment Report

A copy of the 2018/19 English Department Assessment Report can be viewed here.

English Department Mission Statement:

The UA Little Rock Department of English seeks to increase understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of the English language and its literatures through the study of influential texts, authors, and movements with an emphasis on the cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the English literary traditions. Our scholarship and creative endeavors seek to engage contemporary issues and contribute to the development of current disciplinary theories and methodologies. Our teaching emphasizes active reading, clear writing, creative expression, and critical thinking. We foster student success through curriculum that engages students in active research, creative endeavors, internships, service learning, and professional development supported by close faculty mentorship, departmental scholarships, and grants. It is our highest priority to welcome UA Little Rock’s dynamic blend of traditional and non-traditional students into our learning community.

English Department Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates from our program will be able to demonstrate an understanding of important texts, authors, movements or contexts that have shaped English literary traditions.
  2. Graduates from our program will be able to discuss important texts, authors and movements that have contributed to cultural, racial, ethnic, or gender diversity in the English literary tradition.
  3. Graduates from our program will be able to analyze texts through the application of critical methodologies.
  4. Graduates from our program will be able to develop literary or expository arguments in writing.
  5. Graduates from our program will be able to collect and use primary and/or secondary resources to support and develop literary, linguistic, or cultural analysis.

Creative Writing Minor Mission Statement:

The mission of the English Department’s creative writing program is to engage critically with the literature and practices that constitute the field of creative writing. We aim to educate our UA Little Rock students in the theories and practices that contribute to the production of well-crafted, innovative, and socially engaged creative writing. We hope to inspire students to, in turn, write skillfully crafted, creative works of their own.

Creative Writing Minor Learning Outcomes:

1. Graduates from our program will be able to demonstrate an understanding of creative writing as a process. 

2. Graduates from our program will be able to critique craft techniques. 

3. Graduates from our program will be able to analyze craft techniques employed in fiction or poetry through the lens of literary theories and literary terms. 

Linguistics Minor Mission Statement:

The linguistics program at UA Little Rock seeks to engage students in the study of language through  foundational terms and methodologies of modern linguistics. It seeks to raise the consciousness of students to the structural, historical, social, and cultural dimensions of language use and change–and it offers students concrete opportunities to engage in mentored research projects.

Linguistics Minor Learning Outcomes:

1.Students will be able to identify the phonological, morphological, or syntactic constituents of language.

2.Students will be able to distinguish between prescriptive and descriptive approaches to the analysis of language.

3. Students will be able to discuss social, cultural, or historical aspects of language from synchronic or diachronic perspectives.