Learning Outcomes | Editing and Publishing

After Pacific | Students with experience in editing and publishing are prepared for a wide variety of careers. Our graduates operate small presses, work as graphic designers and web content writers and as editors of magazines, newspapers or books. Others use their communication skills to enhance their success in business, marketing, technical writing and other fields.


Student Learning Outcomes

The English Department teaches students to develop the following skills, which are relevant to most contemporary careers:

  • Develop working knowledge of the principal works, authors, genres, and periods of American and British literatures.
  • Possess an awareness of alternatively defined traditions and/or genres, such as women’s literature, postcolonial literature, world literature, or Native American literature.
  • Understand texts in their cultural and historical contexts.
  • Demonstrate coherent writing in multiple genres (literary analysis and creative writing) as well as an awareness of critical and interpretive methods.
  • Analyze literature using appropriate terminology and common rhetorical figures.
  • Demonstrate judicious use of secondary material and appropriate documentation.
  • Demonstrate awareness of different critical approaches.
  • Perform competent close readings of texts.

Program Purpose

The English Department offers students guidance in acquiring and developing the skills of interpretation, critical thinking, and clear writing. For students choosing to specialize in literature or creative writing, the curriculum offers the opportunity to engage the literary traditions of Britain and the United States, as well as world literatures, and to enter into the theory and practice of literature itself.