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Department Goals
Department Statement of Purpose and Learning Outcomes
The English Department’s mission is to foster knowledge of English and American literature in historical context and to develop the skills necessary to engage in lively, informed debate and discourse in both oral and written communication. Further, through the study of great literary texts, the Department provides opportunities to engage in critical thinking, research, analysis, and ethical inquiry, thus helping students build lifelong skills necessary to be active and ethical readers, thinkers, and citizens.

Our students choose from a varied selection of literature and writing courses. Courses in British and American literature and English composition meet in small, interactive classes that foster a warm, supportive community of learners. While completing coursework in the English major and writing minor, students acquire an awareness of new perspectives and develop a passion for the intellectual inquiry that will serve them well in any chosen profession. Special tracks are available for students preparing for careers in elementary or secondary education.

Department Learning Outcomes
1) Demonstrate basic knowledge of English and American literature in historical context.
2) Develop a critical vocabulary enabling participation in literary discourse.
3) Identify and apply the major theories of literary interpretation and criticism.
4) Write a clear and convincing analysis of at least one primary literary text.
5) Engage in literary research using both print and electronic sources.
6) Produce a persuasively argued paper with bibliography that incorporates primary and secondary sources.