The discipline of English examines the history of British and American literatures, teaches the skills of critical and perceptive reading, and develops a facility for clear, precise, and elegant writing. The student who majors in this field is prepared for any career in which analytical thought and clear communication are important: teaching, publishing, journalism, law, business, and certain areas of medicine.
Department Goals and Objectives
- Students will learn basic skills in literary studies.
- Students will learn to see their arguments in historical context.
- Students will learn to recognize and construct well-formed arguments.
- Students will learn to articulate their ideas cogently and persuasively in a variety of media / formats including writing and oral presentation.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Student exhibits the ability to read primary texts closely.
- Student is able to pose effective questions about form, content, and literary devices.
- Student engages with relevant critical approaches and with secondary material in literary studies.
- Student demonstrates an awareness that her arguments participate in a long-term conversation about the nature, function, and value of literary works.
- Student is able to situate particular textual instances within literary history.
- Student recognizes well-formed arguments, including recognition of argumentative structure, use of evidence, and a disciplinary framework.
- Student constructs such arguments.
- Student engages the appropriate audience.
- Student's work is well-organized.
- Student's work is of an appropriate length.
- Student's work is situated within a critical conversation.