Department of English and Philosophy

 

Goals of the Major

Bachelor of Arts in English
Tracks: Literary, Professional Writing, or Creative Writing
Objectives

Undergraduate English programs in the Department of English and Philosophy provide training for students wishing to pursue a liberal arts education in the study of language, literature, writing, and culture. Such training will provide students with:

  1. The ability to write in a variety of modes and genres suitable to the demands of the given rhetorical situation.
  2. The ability to formulate research problems and conduct effective research.
  3. The ability to read effectively and analyze critically literary texts and to understand the theoretical underpinnings of this process.
  4. An understanding of the significance of texts within their historical and cultural contexts.
  5. An understanding of language as a medium of common linguistic principles and the relationship of those linguistic principles to communication and expression.
Outcomes
  1. Undergraduate English students will demonstrate an ability to write in a variety of modes and genres suitable to the demands of the given rhetorical situation.
  2. Undergraduate English students will demonstrate an ability to formulate research problems, do effective research, and incorporate the results of their research into their own writing.
  3. Undergraduate English students will demonstrate an ability to read effectively and analyze critically literary texts and will understand the theoretical underpinnings of this process.
  4. Undergraduate English students will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of texts within their historical and cultural contexts.
  5. Undergraduate English students will demonstrate an understanding of language as a medium of common linguistic principles; they will understand the relationship of those linguistic principles to communication and expression.