Department Mission and Student Learning Outcomes


Mission Statement

The Department of English contributes to UNC Asheville’s mission of inquiry and engagement through its talented faculty and program offerings. Students may choose a major in literature with tracks in creative writing, literature, and teaching licensure, or they may enroll in a variety of world literature and creative writing courses for minors and non-majors. The department fulfills its liberal arts mission and responsibility to the public through its preparation of teachers, its support of undergraduate research, and its cultivation of critical thinkers, leaders, and life-long learners. The Department of English creates a strong learning community by encouraging interaction between faculty and students in small classes, individual conferences and creative learning opportunities outside the classroom setting. Our faculty help students to maximize their critical thinking and creative abilities through writing, reading, and verbal discourse, fostering skills essential to their participation as informed and active citizens in a diverse and changing world.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Major

At the conclusion of the major, students will:

  • Interpret a range of familiar and new texts applying best practices of close reading, creative, and critical thinking.
  • Communicate their interpretations and ideas in written and oral forms clearly, ethically, and persuasively to various audiences.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the content, history, and conventions of literary study and/or creative writing.

University Mission Statement

University Student Learning Outcomes