English Student Learning Outcomes

Student studying

Graduates with an English major will:

  • 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.