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BA in English - Literature (45 credits)

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret texts and read closely, showing sensitivity to vocabulary and language, tone (especially irony and nuance), imagery, and ambiguity.
  • Differentiate among the points of view of characters, narrators, authors, readers (including the self), and critics.
  • Think critically, using reasoning and inference from evidence while analyzing or arguing and working through problems in a systematic or comprehensive way, being mindful of complexity and of ethics.
  • Research in our world of overwhelmingly abundant materials--designing, implementing, and evaluating the results of inquiry.
  • Write argument and exposition that is shaped appropriately for a particular purpose, audience, and situation, with self-awareness about how written effects work on us.
  • Recognize the pastness of the past, which may be about perspectives different from our own period. Interpret texts in relation to social, cultural, or historical contexts, analyzing the motivations, needs, values, and historical dynamics that give rise to literary works, as well as literary works transformative agency in these contexts.
  • Recognize language as constantly changing and as fundamental to cultural expression. Relate to works that embody behaviors, values, and perspectives unfamiliar to you (showing empathy, understanding).
  • Use awareness of genre:A) As a reader, you recognize how the form, type, or kind of text (poem, letter, professional work, essay, drama, fiction) affects its meaning. B) As a writer, you can create a text in a form appropriate for its purpose.
  • Know methods, terms, and theories in the field, and apply that knowledge in writing and speaking. Let themselves be creative in extrapolating from ideas or in problem-solving and develop an imagination for divergent or alternative ideas.
  • Think independently of instructors or published texts, generating research questions and insights of their own. Recognize professional conversational dynamics: how to contribute to and sustain discussion (building ideas through questions and step by step inquiry), present ideas, and navigate and respect difference.

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