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Student Learning Outcomes, Mission, Vision, Values

Consolidated Departmental Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
  1. Students will analyze audiences for specific texts and reflect on their processes of writing and revision.
  2. Students will analyze and critique texts using appropriate disciplinary concepts and will demonstrate knowledge of appropriate research methods.
  3. Students will write texts that reflect applicable genre conventions.
  4. Students will demonstrate expertise in mapping linguistic structures to their functions in different contexts and ability to articulate the implications of language variation.


The B.A in Writing and Linguistics strives to produce graduates who understand the art and science of language and writing. Grounded in Creative Writing, Linguistics, Professional and Technical Writing, and Writing Studies courses that combine the theoretical with the experiential, the program’s goal is the reflective writer, with knowledge of various genres, writing and language processes, digital literacies, and writing technologies. Through capstone courses and publishing, research, internship, and community activities for its students, the major supports the University’s mission to link theory with practice, to extend the learning environment beyond the classroom, and to promote student growth and life success.


Because excellent writing abilities, language awareness, and technology skills are vital in our rapidly changing global society, the Department of Writing and Linguistics seeks to promote scholarly and creative activity and to expand students intellectual and professional connections to the local, regional, national, and international writing and linguistics communities.


The faculty in Writing and Linguistics values:

  • excellence and innovation in scholarship and creative work, pedagogy, and technology
  • rigorous and comprehensive study of writing and linguistics
  • opportunities for students to apply and showcase their talents and knowledge
  • seminar-based learning and individualized feedback on student work
  • learning that occurs beyond the classroom through research and creative activity, internships, community-based learning, online study, and study abroad
  • a community that supports diversity in ideas, culture, identities, and styles of teaching and learning
  • outreach to the profession and community through local, regional, national, and international educational programs, conferences, workshops, sponsorships, and events

All of the above contribute to the Department’s mission of using its wide range of teaching experience and scholarship to facilitate students’ development as thinkers and writers.

Last updated: 6/27/2022