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Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

  • Students who complete an English major at the university will develop their abilities in the following areas: Writing, Reading, Argumentation and Research, and Cultural Literacy. The Outcomes for Writing include the ability to produce original and significant writing that is clear and concrete, that incorporates quotation and paraphrase effectively and appropriately, and that demonstrates a facility with rhetorical techniques and aesthetic devices. For Reading, the Outcomes include the ability to comprehend complex and diverse texts and their multiple possible interpretations, to analyze the structure and style of those texts, and to evaluate information from a range of sources. In terms of Argumentation and Research, students graduating with an English major will be able to develop defensible and significant arguments that reflect an awareness of competing claims and are supported with adequate research that is well integrated, allowing the voice of the writer and source to be maintained. Finally, the Outcomes for Cultural Literacy include understanding how culture and history shape the beliefs and customs in which texts operate, evaluating texts from the perspectives in which they are situated, and assessing and applying information gleaned from a range of disciplines in the study and/or creation of diverse communities’ cultural productions. Progress toward these outcomes is assessed through a portfolio of each student’s work and an exit interview.

  • The Major(s)

    • The Department offers a choice of two majors. These are: 1) Liberal Arts, 2) Secondary Education.

  • The Minor(s)

    • The Department offers two minor(s): 1) Liberal Arts, 2) Secondary Education.  Under the Liberal Arts Minor, there are four options: 1) Creative Writing, 2) Rhetoric, 3) Literature, 4) Linguistics.

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