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Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, an English major should be able to:

  • Read texts closely, with an eye for detail, and be able to interpret them using appropriate evidence.  Such evidence would include literary-historical and cultural contexts, genre and style, figurative language, and narrative forms. 


  • Formulate thoughtful questions about literature and literary study, and articulate insightful answers to such questions.


  • Identify and discuss major figures, convictions, conflicts, concerns, and stylistic features of the most prominent literary periods, and to speak and write with some authority about the works of major authors from those periods.


  • Think and communicate effectively in real time in and out of the classroom.


  • Consider a problem or situation from a variety of points of view and recognize, moreover, how such viewpoints are rhetorically situated and constructed in language.


  • Devise, research, draft, and complete projects independently and on time.


  • Attend to the process of writing, especially to crafting original, textually grounded, and clearly written essays supported by primary and secondary research.