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Washington State University Graduate School

English, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary English Studies and its various sub-disciplines.
  2.  Demonstrate substantial knowledge of more specialized areas within English Studies, accompanied by the ability to locate and synthesize scholarship in such.
  3.  Demonstrate the ability to conduct original research in such sub-disciplines as literary studies, rhetorical theory, composition studies, digital technology, second-language learning, etc.
  4.  Demonstrate the ability to present original research findings to appropriate academic audiences.
  5.  Demonstrate the ability to write scholarly essays or to create texts of other kinds which articulate new claims and present the results of original research and thinking.
  6.  Demonstrate the ability to teach a range of courses in English Studies, including, for example, Freshman Composition, Writing Research Papers, introductory courses in literary or rhetorical study, etc.



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