English Liberal Arts

The English Liberal Arts major is a traditional English major with an emphasis upon the study of English and American literature and language. It allows some room for students to pursue individual interests through major electives and university electives.

The Liberal Arts major prepares students for graduate study in English. It is also appropriate for students interested in a broad liberal education. The major is popular with pre-law students.

A student desiring to major in English Liberal Arts must have written approval of the English Department. Completion of fourteen (14) semester courses in English and four semesters of a foreign language (in addition to the humanities core requirement) is required.

English Liberal Arts Learner Outcomes

Required courses are:

ENG 211: Survey of English Literature I
ENG 212: Survey of English Literature II
ENG 214: Literary Criticism
ENG 301: American Literature
ENG 384: Linguistics I
ENG 319: African American Literature
ENG 410: Theory and Development of the Novel
1 Literature Elective
1 Major Figure course (Shakespeare or Chaucer)
ENG 413 Senior Seminar I
ENG 414: Senior Seminar II
3 English Electives

Foreign Language: 101, 102, 201, 202

I. Mission Statement (approved 2010)

            The English Liberal Arts Program is committed to producing student scholars who demonstrate proficiency in the skills of textual analysis, critical thinking, and articulate written and oral communication.  They will be familiar with the major works of literature written in English, especially those of the British, the American, and the African-American literary traditions.  They will understand the history and structure of the English language, and will be practiced in its rhetorical forms.  They will be prepared for further study in graduate school (literature, rhetoric) and in professional school (law, medicine, business), and for any career path that calls for strong analytic and communication skills.

II. Program Goals (approved 2009)

The English Liberal Arts major is a traditional English major, with an emphasis upon the study of English and American literature and language.

The program goals of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Liberal Arts are to:

1. Produce graduates familiar with the landmarks in the development of English, American, African-American, and world literatures

2. Produce graduates who have a competence in Anglophone linguistics and who express themselves articulately, in writing and in speech

3. Produce liberally educated graduates who have had curricular room to pursue individual interests through major electives and university electives

4. Produce graduates prepared for graduate study in English (MA, PhD)

5. Produce graduates prepared to pursue an education and a career in law (pre-law track)

6. Produce graduates prepared to pursue graduate studies in rhetoric and composition (rhetoric and composition track)

III. Student Learning Outcome Goals (approved 2009)

1. Explain the historical development of Anglophone literature; in particular, the major phases of English, American, and African American literatures.

2. Compare and contrast significant esthetic and ethical aspects of major works of literature produced by Anglophone writers:  English, American, African American, African, and others.

3. Describe the structure and history of the English language, and the phonological and morphological aspects of the language.

4. Complete college-level writing assignments in the discipline, making effective use of standard academic English.

4a. Write papers (5 paragraphs to 20 pages), exam essays, and a senior thesis (30+ pages) following the MLA conventions for presenting research.

4b. Locate and give examples of appropriate secondary sources on literary topics (using library and web-based resources), comprehend and evaluate their content, and properly integrate relevant passages into the students’ own critical papers and theses.

4c. Define and apply a range of terms and concepts of literary analysis and methodology, and demonstrate an awareness of the principal trends in contemporary literary theory.

5. Demonstrate the effective use of appropriate communication technologies (eg. WebCT, email, PowerPoint).

6. Make formal and informal oral presentations, including an oral defense of a thesis to an audience of professors.

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