Objectives and Outcomes
The English major seeks to produce growth in the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences of its graduates.
English graduates should know:
- a range of texts and authors covering a variety of periods, rhetorics, cultural and social contexts, and artistic practices; and
- disciplinary conventions and methods - including a range of literary, cultural and rhetorical criticism and theory - and disciplinary specific principles of writing, argument, research, and reference.
English graduates should be able to:
- analyze texts critically, employing a variety of methods, in order to abstract themes concerning the work itself and/or the culture that produced it;
- find, assess, and use an array of research materials in support of critical studies and/or creative activity; and
- demonstrate writing and rhetorical skills appropriate to a variety of tasks, creative and/or critical.
English graduates should maintain an interest in and appreciation for literature and language such that they remain active readers and effective writers after receiving their degrees.
English graduates should have access to:
- extra-curricular cooperation with faculty and other students in such opportunities as scholarly research, field trips, study abroad, conference participation, literary journal publication, literary societies; and
- readings by critics and creative writers, provided by the English program, and the additional cultural resources the university provides, including lectures and forums, theatrical productions, music and dance performances, and the like.
Ms. Erin C. Murphy
Associate Professor of English
Arts and Humanities
Office: 212 Hawthorn Building