College of Arts & Sciences Department of English
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Through an active and ongoing assessment of our program, we have identified the following outcomes that are expected of each student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English. We will continue to assess our curriculum to ensure these outcomes are being met.
UW students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English will have demonstrated an ability to:
1. read, interpret, and write about a diverse range of texts in English, for example literature, film, digital media, and popular culture;
2. understand those texts analytically and critically;
3. understand those texts on the basis of careful close reading;
4. understand those texts through past and current literary theory;
5. understand that those texts are culturally constructed in time, place, and tradition;
6. understand how those texts inform culture;
7. participate in the critical and cultural discourses of English;
8. participate clearly and appropriately through multiple spoken and written forms.
Faculty members are committed to work together to achieve these shared goals and contribute to the academic success of our undergraduates.
The Master’s degree in English builds upon the skills acquired as an undergraduate:
1. Read, interpret, and write about a diverse range of texts in English, for example literature, film, digital media, and popular culture.
2. Understand those texts analytically and critically.
3. Understand those texts on the basis of careful close reading.
4. Understand those texts through past and current literary theory.
5. Understand that those texts are culturally constructed in time, place, and tradition.
6. Understand how those texts inform culture.
7. Participate in the critical and cultural discourses of English.
8. Participate clearly and appropriately through multiple spoken and written forms.
Students who receive a master's degree in English from the University of Wyoming will be able to demonstrate all of these skills at a more professional level, which will include:
1. A solid grounding in either Composition and Rhetoric or Literary Studies.
2. The ability to participate actively in the theoretical discussions central to the field.
3. The ability to conduct independent research.
4. The ability to construct a sustained sophisticated and original argument on a specialized topic.
5. The ability to situate that argument professionally in the critical dialogue.
6. The ability to present it persuasively and coherently with individual voice and style.
In the MFA program, we recognize that the pursuit of excellence in the arts must be understood in diverse, patient, and supple ways. Some of our graduates (like many writers) will not pursue further advanced degrees or traditional academic careers, or even careers obviously linked to the creative arts. And the realities of the literary publishing world entail long apprenticeships before the first book might be expected. Therefore when the MFA discusses outcomes for our students, we keep in mind that each of our students will choose different career and artistic paths. The development and the application of outcome measures must be thoughtful and individualized for each graduate. In general, students who graduate with the MFA degree will:
1. Demonstrate a rich and articulate understanding of the elements of the genre(s) in which they write.
2. Develop and employ techniques of intensive revision.
3. Make polished creative work of publishable quality.