Goals & Outcomes

Learning Goals

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    Students will learn writing techniques and strategies, and they will gain practical experience writing for different audiences and purposes and in different genres.

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    Students will understand differences in writing for creative, professional, academic, and civic situations. 

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    Students will learn origins, contexts, assumptions, and implications of different theories of and approaches to writing. 

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    Students will develop a portfolio of writings that will effectively represent their abilities to various constituencies. 

Learning Outcomes

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    Students will demonstrate proficient writing abilities across a number of genres, tasks, purposes, and readerships.

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    Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate, analyze, and justify features of their own writings and the processes they followed and decisions they made producing them.

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    Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of key theories of writing, including about its history and development, acquisition, status, manifestation in different situations and traditions, relationship to rhetoric, and so on.


Students will create a final portfolio as part of the required capstone course of this minor. The portfolio will include both artifacts (selected to represent writing performance in several courses) and an extended introduction to those artifacts (including an analysis of and reflection on them and their relation to theories about writing). There will be a showcase opportunity for final student portfolios.