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English Goals and Objectives

Goals

The Department of English aims to provide all students with opportunities to enhance their communication and critical thinking skills. The English major provides a foundation in humanistic knowledge important to all students, including those planning to study and seek careers in education, law, communications, and business. Departmental offerings provide the literary and writing background necessary for students intending to pursue graduate study in English language, literature, and other texts; in comparative literature; and in various interdisciplinary fields.

Objectives

A student who has successfully completed the English major
will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical thinking, especially to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas and texts; conduct and understand the process of research through identifying, analyzing, synthesizing, and documenting credible source material;
  2. understand and describe the role of literature in the development of cultures;
  3. recognize and engage the conflicts and tensions in values and belief systems embodied in these literatures;
  4. examine and analyze the representations of women, especially Black women, depicted in literature and visual culture;
  5. propose and support interpretations of a wide range of texts written in and translated into English, by performing close textual analysis, mobilizing a variety of critical and theoretical methodologies, using interdisciplinary approaches, and accounting for the impact of historical, cultural, and literary contexts.