English B1A Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of English 1A, the
student will be able to perform the following:
- Read and think critically, including a
variety of non-fiction texts for content, context, and
rhetorical merit with consideration of tone, audience, and
- Evaluate and establish the credibility of print
and online sources.
- Demonstrate the legitimate use of scholarly
- using library and online reference
- incorporating summary,
paraphrase, and direct quotes;
- synthesizing multiple
primary and secondary sources;
- avoiding plagiarism.
- Write papers that
- demonstrate the use of expository and
argumentative or persuasive forms of writing;
- reflect an orderly research and writing
- use correct MLA form and documentation;
- show evidence of drafting, editing, and
revision to reflect an academic style and tone.
timed essays in class
exhibiting acceptable college-level control of mechanics,
organization, development, and coherence.
Note: In spring, 2014, the English Department agreed that a research
paper should be, at a minimum, approximately five pages long; we calculated that
to be a minimum word count of 1,600 words. It should also incorporate a minimum
of five sources.