Value the study of literature as the basis for a lifelong enjoyment of literary works, a spur to social engagement, a perspective on the diversity of human experience, and a guide for making ethical choices in their lives.
Demonstrate ability to function as close readers and critical thinkers by applying higher-order thinking skills to the analysis, interpretation, and critique of texts.
Demonstrate skill in writing by generating and focusing ideas, by maintaining audience awareness, and by exhibiting formal competence.
Make relevant connections between texts and contexts (such as history, the culture of science and politics and religion, literary theory, and other art forms).
Apply research skills, including integrating sources purposefully and gracefully into their writing.