English BA

Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Close Reading
    Knowledge: Students who graduate with an English major will have acquired:
    (1) knowledge of the process of reading a text at a fine level of detail;
    (2) knowledge of the ways that details of a text combine to form a holistic interpretation.
    Skill: Students who graduate with an English major will be able to:
    (1) analyse how elements of a text work together to create meaning;
    (2) use the details of a text to create a coherent interpretation.

  2. Contextual Knowledge
    Knowledge: Students who graduate with an English major will have acquired knowledge of:
    (1) primary texts in particular contexts;
    (2) the importance of critical lenses in analyzing texts in context;
    (3) ability to use secondary texts.
    Skill: Students who graduate with an English major will be able to:
    (1) provide an original argument;
    (2) incorporate evidence in support of that argument;
    (3) use a critical lens to interpret a literary text.

  3. Theory & Analysis
    Knowledge: Students who graduate with an English major will have acquired knowledge of:
    (1) theoretical concepts and how they function to structure our understanding;
    (2) how theory can be used as a tool to offer sophisticated interpretation of texts.
    Skill: Students who graduate with an English major will be able to:
    (1) interpret a text in theoretical context;
    (2) use theory as a substantial, appropriate tool to enhance interpretation.

  4. Reflection
    Knowledge: Students who graduate with an English major will be able to describe their:
    (1) self-awareness as readers, writers, and critical thinkers;
    (2) knowledge of key terms and concepts of the course.
    Skill: Students who graduate with an English major will be able to:
    (1) provide detailed evidence of their development.

  5. Dispositions
    Students who graduate with an English major will demonstrate: (1) an appreciation of the value of the methods of literary studies; (2) a commitment to the ethical standards of the profession; (3) a greater awareness of the aesthetics of literary texts; (4) an appreciation of the importance of reading and clearly expressing one's ideas in writing.