Program Objectives

  • Improve understanding of the power of language to shape ideas, individuals, values, and societies.

  • Foster scholarly habits of critical thinking in speaking, reading, and writing.

  • Promote an awareness of current issues and theoretical approaches in the discipline of literary and language studies.

  • Cultivate an independent ability to read texts responsibly, comprehensively, and imaginatively.

  • Develop skills in formulating sophisticated generalizations about writers, genres, and literary influences and periods.

  • Refine the ability to communicate ideas in clear, engaging, and convincing prose.

  • Offer an opportunity for sustained engagement with the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of literature, and of writing in general