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Learning Outcomes for English

Upon successful completion of major requirements students should be able to:

  1. Develop strategies for originating and answering questions about literature.
  2. Employ a variety of critical approaches to literature.
  3. Use language specific to the discourses of poetry, drama and fiction.
  4. Demonstrate their knowledge of literary canonicity as part of their preparation
    for citizenship in a diverse community.
  5. Analyze and respond critically to literature using research and bibliographic
    materials appropriate to the discipline.

English Major (44 credits)
Bachelor of Arts

Core Courses:

  1. Foundations: students must complete the following two core courses.
    English 211, Introduction to Literary Study I: Poetry
    English 212, Introduction to Literary Study II: Short Fiction and Drama
  2. British and American Literature Survey: students must complete three of the
    following core literature surveys.
    English 240, British Literature I: Mediaeval to 1780
    English 241, British Literature II: 1780 to Contemporary
    English 242, American Literature I: 1620 to 1865
    English 243, American Literature II: 1865 to Contemporary
  3. Diversity/ World Literature: students must complete one of the following courses.
    English 162, Gender and Literature
    English 164, American Indian Literature and Spirituality
    English 165, Readings in Race and Gender
    English 210, African American Literature
    English 226, Africa: Literature and Culture of its Many Nations
    English 255, Postcolonial Literature and Theory
  4. Great Figures: students must complete one of the following courses.
    English 300, Great Authors
    English 301, Chaucer
    English 303, Milton and Moral Choice: His Age and Ours
    English 304, Shakespeare
  5. Upper Division Literature requirement: students must complete 3 literature
    courses at the upper-division level ("upper-division" is defined as any course
    numbered 300 and above.)
  6. Senior capstone experience: English 499, advanced literature seminar

Required Support Courses (Required for primary majors only)
Completion of a Modern Language through 202
Students seeking education certification must take the following courses:
English 219
English 240 or
   English 304
English 305
Writing Major (40 credits)
Bachelor of Arts
Learning Outcomes


English Minor (24 credits)
At least two 300-level courses in English.

Four additional English courses, no more than two of which may be at the 100-level.
Note: Students seeking certification must take the following courses:
English 164 or 165 or 210 or 255
English 211 or 212
English 219
English 240 or 304
English 242 or 243
English 305

 

Learning Outcomes for Writing

Upon successful completion of major requirements students should be able to:
  1. Develop and demonstrate the ability to use their own unique writing process
    effectively.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to create and revise texts in multiple genres, including
    fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
  3. Interpret advanced theoretical approaches to understanding the principles and
    practices of writing in genres of their specialization.
  4. Evaluate how their own writing is situated within both literary traditions and
    larger cultural contexts.
  5. Apply writing skills to professional careers related to writing and publishing.


Writing Major (40 credits)
Bachelor of Arts

Core Courses:

  1. English 206, Fiction Writing
    English 207, Poetry Writing
    English 208, Creative Nonfiction Writing
  2. One of the following:
    English 305, Advanced Exposition and the Rhetorical Tradition
    English 308, Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  3. One of the following:
    English 306, Advanced Fiction
    English 307, Advanced Poetry
  4. At least one of the following that does not satisfy any other requirement:
    English 190, Introduction to Creative Writing
    English 305, Advanced Exposition and the Rhetorical Tradition
    English 306, Advanced Fiction
    English 307, Advanced Poetry
    English 308, Advanced Creative Nonfiction
    English 497, Guided Senior Thesis
    Communication 227, Technical Writing in Organizations
    Communication 275, Feature Writing
  5. Two of the following:
    English 240, British Literature I: Mediaeval to 1780
    English 241, British Literature II: 1780 to Contemporary
    English 242, American Literature I: 1620 to 1865
    English 243, American Literature II: 1865 to Contemporary
  6. Any additional 300-level English literature course
  7. English 380, Internship
  8. English 496, Writing Capstone: Advanced Revision and Writing for Publication

    Required Support Courses (Required for primary majors only)
    Completion of a Modern Language through 202


Writing Minor (24 credits)

  1. Three of the following foundational writing courses:
    English 190, Introduction to Creative Writing
    English 206, Fiction Writing
    English 207, Poetry Writing
    English 208, Nonfiction Writing
    English 209, Playwriting
  2. One of the following advanced writing courses:
    English 305, Advanced Exposition and the Rhetorical Tradition
    English 306, Advanced Fiction
    English 307, Advanced Poetry
    English 308, Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  3. One of the following literature surveys:
    English 240, British Literature I: Mediaeval to 1780
    English 241, British Literature II: 1780 to Contemporary
    English 242, American Literature I: 1620 to 1865
    English 243, American Literature II: 1865 to Contemporary
  4. One additional 300-level English literature course
 
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