Catalog 2014–2015


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  • Seri Luangphinith, Ph.D.

Associate Professors:

  • Mark Panek, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Wheat, Ph.D.
  • Kirsten Mollegaard, Ph.D.


  • Marianne B. Conley-Ramsey, M.A.
  • Lauri Sagle, M.A.
  • Susan Wackerbarth, M.A.


The English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers a well-rounded and balanced approach to the study of English through introductory and specialized courses in composition, literature, and creative writing. UH Hilo provides multicultural studies to reflect the diversity of our environment. The size of the English department makes for intimate class settings. The program allows for hands-on learning, close student-teacher relationships, and student-designed curriculum.

In addition to a foundation of traditional English topics, such as British and American literature, the UH Hilo program offers a range of alternative and global literary works: literature of the Hawaiian  Islands , folklore, film, gender studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and creative writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Note: ENG 100/100T/100H or ESL 100/100T is required for all other English courses. Any additional prerequisites for courses are indicated as needed.

For English 100/100T/100H:

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  1. Compose a thesis-driven essay using a process approach including,
    • Generating ideas (e.g. mapping, brainstorming, outlines, etc.)
    • Multiple drafts
    • Incorporating feedback at all stages in writing
    • Rewriting
    • Proofreading
  2. Identify and compose writing for different purposes and audiences;
  3. Analyze and evaluate their own writing;
  4. Identify appropriate information needed for their writing assignments;
  5. Evaluate sources and information for reliability, accuracy, and bias;
  6. Recognize the difference between APA and MLA conventions of documentation;
  7. Incorporate multiple sources within an original essay using an appropriate academic convention of documentation;
  8. Demonstrate control over syntax and mechanics in their writing.

For all English courses above the 100 level:

Written Communication

Students will

  • develop original research projects and/or original creative work that communicates ideas/arguments effectively and persuasively;
  • integrate complex ideas and theories from multiple sources in their writing;
  • analyze various types of texts (including literature, non-fiction, film, and visual media) using appropriate techniques, such as paraphrase, synthesis, and comparison/contrast;
  • demonstrate an understanding of writing as a process that requires revision, editing, and compliance with writing conventions;
  • write college-level prose and use appropriate grammar;
  • demonstrate proper citation styles for the humanities (MLA) in their writing.

Oral Communication

Students will

  • communicate and argue clearly and effectively in various settings, including small group discussions, oral presentations, readings in class, and in symposiums or conferences.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will

  • demonstrate competence in written analysis of numerical and quantitative information.

Critical Thinking

Students will

  • analyze visual and written texts using critical literary perspectives;
  • apply and/or integrate a range of analytical methods and theories to the study of literary texts;
  • evaluate, construct, and situate argumentative literary analyses in relevant historical, cultural, economic, social, and gendered contexts;
  • investigate and question assumptions about literary conventions, genres, and cultural functions of written and visual texts.

Information Literacy

Students will

  • demonstrate competence in information technology and digital literacy (i.e. formatting in Microsoft Word);
  • critically examine and utilize online as well as textual materials in their assignments;
  • identify, analyze, and present appropriate data from oral sources (e.g. interviews), visual media (e.g. film or visual arts), and/or various types of print and digital literature (fiction, non-fiction, and graphic texts).

For a more comprehensive list of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), please visit the English Department’s website:



Rev. 2/28/14