English M.A. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Graduate Program in English at UNR seeks to develop the ability to conduct significant research in the fields of literary criticism and writing studies; the ability to teach a range of courses in Composition and in British, American, and World Literatures in English; and the ability to understand and contribute to issues and debates in the field.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will complete their foreign language or auxiliary training by the time they register for comprehensive exam (795).

Student Performance Indicators

  • M.A. Language, Literature, and Writing Emphases
    • Completion of foreign language requirement before registration for 795.
  • M.A Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Completion of foreign language or auxiliary training requirement before registration for 795.

Assessment Method

  • M.A. Language, Literature, and Writing Emphases
    • Student's advisor will monitor student progress to determine if the student in on track for completion of language requirement.
  • M.A. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Student's advisor will monitor student progress to determine if the student is on track for completion of the language/auxiliary training requirement.

2. Students will complete required number of seminar and total hours.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Need to enter students' performance indicator, artifact.

Assessment Method

  • Method - how faculty plan to assess students artifact.

3. Students will complete comprehensive examinations.

Student Performance Indicators

  • M.A. Language, Literature, Literature and Environment, and Writing Emphases
    • Completion of one credit of comprehensive examinations: including written and oral examinations as well as writing projects.

Assessment Method

  • M.A. Language, Literature, Literature and Environment, and Writing Emphases
    • Student's chair and committee will evaluate student's written and oral examinations as well as writing projects.

4. Student who chooses thesis option will write and defend both thesis prospectus and thesis.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Write a thesis that is a substantial scholarly and/or creative project.

Assessment Method

  • Student's chair and committee will read and evaluate the thesis prospectus as well as finished thesis. Same will evaluate the student's oral defense of that thesis.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate broad knowledge of several of the historical fields in, literary genres of, and major critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures in English; or, broad knowledge of writing studies issues and methodologies; or, broad knowledge in literary and rhetorical public engagement and its methodologies; or, broad knowledge of linguistics issues and methodologies.

Student Performance Indicators
    • M.A. Literature Emphasis
      • Write seminar papers demonstrating achievement of broad knowledge of several of the historical fields in, literary genres of, and major critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures in English.
    • M.A. Writing Emphasis
      • Write seminar papers demonstrating broad knowledge of writing studies and methodologies.
    • M.A. Language Emphasis
      • Write seminar papers demonstrating achievement of broad knowledge of research methods in linguistics and the structure of Old English.
    • M.A. Literature & Environment Emphasis
  • Write seminar papers demonstrating achievement of broad knowledge of several of the historical fields in, literary genres of, and major critical approaches to British, American, and World Literatures in English; write a seminar paper demonstrating broad knowledge of ecocriticism and theory.
Assessment Method
  • M.A. Literature Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • M.A. Writing Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • M.A. Language Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • M.A. Literature & Environment Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate specialized competence in the primary and secondary literature of an appropriate specialized sub-field of literature or writing or public engagement or language.

Student Performance Indicators
  • M.A. Literature Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating knowledge of literature and related fields.
  • M.A. Writing Emphasis
    • Write seminar and course papers demonstrating knowledge of writing methods and skills as well as writing a course paper demonstrating knowledge of a field of linguistics.
  • M.A. Language Emphasis
    • Write seminar and course papers demonstrating knowledge of linguistic methods and analysis.
  • M.A. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Write seminar papers demonstrating knowledge of Literature and Environment and literature.
Assessment Method
  • M.A. Literature Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • M.A. Writing Emphasis
    • Professor will assess paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • M.A. Language Emphasis
    • Professor will assess paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.
  • M.A. Literature and Environment Emphasis
    • Professor will assess seminar paper using rubric keyed to course learning objectives.