Production and Reception: The program teaches how historical, social, and cultural contexts shape literary works—including those works produced by cultures whose humanity and identity have been devalued, denied, or dismissed;
Language and Poetics: The program introduces students to the major genres of literature, rhetorical and literary strategies, and the ways in which literary works relate intertextually.
Criticism and Theory: The program introduces students to historical contexts and critical theories that shape literary analysis and inform scholarly debates in the field of literary studies.
Reading and Writing: The program teaches careful reading, the use of literary vocabulary, an orderly critical approach, and the use of writing for a range of purposes.
Student Learning Outcomes
Literature Option: Students who have completed the English major option in literature will be able to demonstrate:
- the correct and suitable use of literary vocabulary
- the formulation of a substantial thesis and the orderly development of a sustained argument
- an understanding of some of the ways in which historical, social, and / or cultural contexts shape literary works
- an awareness of literary history
- some ways in which literary works refer, allude to, or otherwise engage each other.
- an awareness of critical and theoretical methodologies in English studies
- the ability to engage with questions of literary form and genre
- a general knowledge of the important works and periods of literature from multiple and diverse traditions
Writing Option: Students who have completed the English major option in writing will be able to demonstrate:
- mastery of at least two genres of writing, including one creative genre
- an awareness of contemporary trends in writing
- a grasp of the historical development of at least two genres of writing
- a useful range of cultural reference
- some ways in which literary works refer, allude to, or otherwise engage each other
- the ability to speak in informed and effective ways about literature