Texas Tech University

Current Assessment Plan for Literature and Language BA

Since students should attain these outcomes by the time they complete the program, we will ask those teaching 4000-level classes to report information at the end of the course.

Student Learning Outcomes Methods of Assessment
Critical Reading and Interpretation

Students will demonstrate close readings and analytical interpretations of diverse texts; will demonstrate their abilities to discuss diverse texts with discipline-specific language; and will be able to situate diverse texts within historical, cultural, and generic contexts.
  1. Class discussions: student comments in class discussions will refer to specific textual passages and/or linguistic data, analyze passages interpretively, and apply appropriate terms and contexts.
  2. Primary source essays: student essays on primary sources will cite specific textual evidence and/or linguistic data, analyze evidence interpretively, and apply appropriate terms and context.
Communication through Composition

Students will write academically and analytically in response to their readings of diverse texts, supporting interpretive positions with examples, explanations, and textual evidence, and using the field's conventions of style and documentation.
  1. Primary source essays: student essays on primary sources will state interpretive theses, offer textual evidence and/or linguistic data and analysis to support those theses, and employ formal style and appropriate documentation.
  2. Revision: students will use feedback to strengthen thesis statements, evidence, and analysis, to clarify sentences and essay structure, and to improve style, format, mechanics, and citations.

Students will show capabilities in using appropriate online databases and library resources, and in the methods of conducting discipline-appropriate research; will correctly integrate researched resources into their interpretative and analytical compositions; and will demonstrate an ability to use various critical strategies and theoretical paradigms in responding to literature.
  1. Annotated bibliographies and/or book reviews: students will gather appropriate sources via research and summarize and evaluate them accurately.
  2. Research essays and/or presentations: researched student essays and/or presentations will apply an appropriate critical/theoretical paradigm, refer to appropriate research sources, cite these sources correctly, and integrate these sources with interpretation and analysis.