English Department Program Goals
Goal 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to write clearly and effectively in critical and/or creative modes.
Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically about literature, language, and culture.
Goal 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize canonical authors and works in their historical contexts, including an understanding of literary techniques, formal devices, and genres.
How These Goals Relate to the University Mission Statement
The most obvious link between our goals and the mission statement is the goal of fostering critical thinking. Clear, critical writing--a central goal for the department--necessarily reflects and requires clear, critical thinking. In addition to teaching critical thinking, we also introduce students to a range of ideas, topics, and issues through literature. In our department, students are introduced to English and other literatures and also to the traditions that inform English literature, such as the study of Ancient Greek drama and mythology. The study of literature and other cultural texts thus encourages students to read critically both the world around them and the texts themselves. An enjoyment and appreciation of literature gives students an interest in books and reading and that interest may carry into their adult lives. Participating in discussion about literature in a supportive atmosphere helps students clarify their own beliefs, leading to personal growth, which should lead, in turn, to satisfying and socially responsible lives. We see a direct correlation between our goals, therefore, and the university’s mission statement.
English Department Goals for Student Learning.
Goal 1: The English major will demonstrate the ability to research a literary topic and write a paper of 30-40 pages.
Goal 2: The English major will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of literary study, specifically one or more critical theories, to a work of literature.
Goal 3: The English major will demonstrate a competency in MLA documentation.
Goal 4: The English major will demonstrate a competency in the principles and practices of good writing.
Goal 5: The English major will demonstrate familiarity with the development of poetry and prose in Britain, and the subjects and styles of selected authors.
Goal 6: The English major will demonstrate familiarity with the development of American poetry and prose, and the subjects and styles of selected authors