English Mission and SLOs

BA in English –Writing Option Mission

The Writing Option within Kean University’s English Major has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission. The Kean University English Department is dedicated to the liberal arts mission. More specifically, the department’s mission is to educate our diverse student community in the processes of critical reading, analytic thinking, and effective writing through the study of literature and writing. The Writing Option is part of this larger mission. The Department of English’s Writing Option provides Kean University's diverse students with knowledge and practices necessary to support successful entry intoa wide range of writing professions. Specifically, students learn to: use rhetorical, recursive processes to produce texts for multiple purposes and contexts; understand dynamics within the sociocultural construction of identities, ideologies, and language in text; and critically analyze writing processes and products.

BA in English—Writing Option Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO1: Students will produce essays through a series of drafts that include exploratory writing or talk, as well as revisions that include addition, deletion, substitution and rearrangement

SLO2: Students will identify central ideas/themes of a text through class discussion and writing

SLO3: Students will use two or more methodologies from English Studies to develop original research or creative products

SLO4: Students will demonstrate ability to give a compelling oral presentationSLO5: Students will connect ideas from classroom assignments to contemporary issues in class discussion and presentations


Master of Arts in English - Writing Studies Mission

The Master of Arts in English - Writing Studies Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission. The Kean University Master of Arts in English - Writing Studies is designed for students pursuing advanced study in the fields of composition, creative writing, and professional writing. The program combines a rigorous overview of writing scholarship with flexible scheduling choices that allow students to build a customized program of study that will fit their individual professional, practical, and creative aspirations.


The program’s mission is to meet the educational needs of individuals who want to pursue both the in-depth exploration of writing studies as a discipline, and an individualized program of study specifically tailored to particular interests and employment needs. Required courses provide students with grounding in the history of writing studies as a discipline, an overview of current writing theories and research practices, and a background in pedagogy. Electives in the three areas of study - composition, creative writing, and professional writing - provide foundational knowledge regarding relevant writing genres, practices, and theories for each track; the thesis consolidates research practices and disciplinary knowledgewithin students' individual areas of interest.


The program prepares graduates for writing-centered teaching, particularly at the high school and community college level, and offers experience and knowledge relevant to careers in creative and/or professional writing. The program also provides a foundation for M.F.A degrees and Ph.D. degrees in a range of writing-related disciplines.


Master of Arts in English – Writing Studies Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who graduate with a Master of Arts in English - Writing Studies should be able to:

SLO1: Students will identify key theoretical contributions associated with schools of research within composition studies.

SLO2: Students will analyze a range of research paradigms suitable for composition research.

SLO3: Students will explain the major theories of composing and teaching writing.

SLO4: Students will apply, examine and practice the different parts of the writing process.

SLO5: Students will develop a writing process suitable for producing an M.A.


ESL Program in the Department of English Mission

The English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the University Mission. The mission of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is to teach non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to the University and who need additional development in academic English. To help students of all language backgrounds and proficiency levels succeed in their majors and other courses, the ESL Program provides courses in academic English and composition, and it supports the General Education Program by providing GE courses with special sections for non-native speakers.


ESL Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The ESL Program assesses incoming students and places them into appropriate ESL and English courses. Through advisement and instruction, students are guided through the sequential ESL Program curriculum and General Education courses until the students exit the ESL Program with a strong foundation in English, which will enable them to succeed academically.


SLO1: Produce essays through a series of drafts that include exploratory writing or talk, as well as revisions that include addition, deletion, substitution and rearrangement.

SLO2: Identify central ideas/themes of a text through class discussion and writing.

SLO3: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information from readings, experience, and other sources and to present this information in a logical and analytical way.

SLO4: Demonstrate the ability to give an interactive presentation which solicits audience responses.

SLO5: Demonstrate appropriate academic English language proficiency.


KU Student Outcomes (KU): Kean University graduates should be able to:

1. Think critically, creatively and globally;

2. Adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments;

3. Serve as active and contributing members of their communities; and

4. Advance their knowledge in the traditional disciplines (GE) and enhance their skills in professional areas

**General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge (GE-K): Students will demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and content by:

(K1) applying the scientific method to comprehend natural concepts and processes;

(K2) evaluating major theories and concepts in social sciences;

(K3) relating historical references to literature; and

(K4) evaluating major theories and concepts in the fine arts.


Skills (GE-S): Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to:(S1) write to communicate and clarify learning;

(S2) communicate effectively through speech;

(S3) solve problems using quantitative reasoning;

(S4) think critically about concepts in multiple disciplines; and

(S5) show information literacy


Values (GE-V): Students will demonstrate personal, social and ethical responsibility as a part of lifelong learning through:

(V1) personal responsibility;

(V2) ethical & social responsibility;

(V3) active in social & civic engagement;

(V4) respect for diverse culture; and

(V5) lifelong learning

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