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English

Our goal is to graduate students with effective oral communication skills who are also capable of producing effective, well-argued, well-reasoned, and stylistically engaging pieces of writing.

Students graduating with a major in English will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fluency in the seminal historical, cultural and aesthetic elements in English language literature via their ability to identify and creatively use:

    • The historical contexts of influential American, British, and Anglophone world literature;

    • The intellectual programs, aesthetic strategies, and socio-political contexts within which English-language cultural producers have worked;

    • The variety of aesthetic standards that have shaped textual production over time and the ideological contexts that may inflect aesthetic judgments;

    • The distinctive characteristics of different genres and forms (poetry, novel, non-fiction prose, film, literary theory, etc.);

    • The distinctive contributions of the humanities to the ongoing debate about cultural values.

  • Comment on the aesthetic, intellectual, and ideological complexity of seminal literary and cultural texts.

  • Pose original questions, assert original opinions, and critically analyze the opinions and assertions of other scholars.

  • Engage in research, rhetorical analysis and historical contextualization as part of a scholarly process to construct thoughtful and compelling arguments.

  • Construct well-reasoned, stylistically engaging pieces of writing.

  • Construct well-reasoned, stylistically engaging oral presentations.

  • Initiate and complete an original creative project that reflects aesthetic, intellectual, and ideological complexity.

Students graduating with a major in English will have developed:

  • An appreciation for the aesthetic, intellectual, and ideological complexity of literary and cultural texts;

  • A capacity for critical thinking through immersion in close reading, rhetorical analysis, and historical contextualization;

  • An ability to produce original questions for scholarly research or creative production and the skills necessary to carry that research, critical analysis, or creative project to completion with rigor and style.

They will have learned:

  • The logical, linguistic, and rhetorical skills to construct a compelling and persuasive argument based on evidence provided by a text and the means to convey such arguments successfully in written and oral form;

  • The historical contexts in which to locate important texts of American, British, and Anglophone world literature;

  • The intellectual programs, aesthetic strategies, and socio-political contexts within which English-language cultural producers have worked;

  • The variety of aesthetic standards that have shaped textual production over time and the ideological contexts that may inflect aesthetic judgments;

  • The distinctive characteristics of different genres and forms (poetry, novel, non-fiction prose, film, literary theory, etc.);

  • The distinctive contributions of the humanities to the ongoing debate about cultural values.

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