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Department of English 

 Mission Statement and Program Outcomes 



The English Department welcomes students to join them in exploring and composing works in the diverse oral and written forms of the English Language. We prepare students to become engaged citizens, effective professionals, and active, lifelong learners fluent in the literary and rhetorical tradition of texts written and translated into English across a variety of media, and able to contribute their own voices to that tradition. Through its participation in Liberal Studies, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary programs, as well as curricular and pedagogical innovation, the English Department guides students to shape their communities and institutions on humanistic principles. It provides them with a competitive edge in employment, as well as opening to them the opportunity for advanced achievement at professional schools or through graduate study in a variety of academic disciplines.


Creative Writing

  • Produce texts that will demonstrate: an awareness of various genres; proficiency in preparing manuscripts for submission for print and electronic publications
  • Produce texts that will demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary/experimental techniques in various genres
  • Produce texts that investigate and portray the intricacies of the human experience
  • Produce non fiction texts that solve problems in professional contexts

Professional Writing

  • Produce texts while demonstrating: an awareness of various theoretical  approaches and proficiency in document design and hypertextuality
  • Produce texts that demonstrate successful acquisition, integration and documentation of material obtained from various sources
  • Produce texts that solve problems and carry on activities similar to those in professional contexts, such as business, science, technology, and non-profit institutions
  • Gain knowledge of the English language, including language varieties, structures, and contexts o usage
  • Produce documents demonstrating an awareness of genre conventions, stylistic techniques, and aesthetic traditions
  • Demonstrate strategies for responding to interpreting, evaluating, and appreciating text
  • Display knowledge of writing processes and a variety of written documents

English Education

  • Apply composing processes and knowledge of rhetorical theory and linguistics to create various forms of literature
  • Acquire knowledge of diverse bodies of literature and their relationship to one another
  • Demonstrate and engage secondary students in a wide range of strategies to critically evaluate, appreciate, and make meaning of written, visual, and oral texts
  • Use English language Arts to help students develop a respectful familiarity with their own and other cultures and develop lifelong habits of critical thinking and judgment
  • Engage in reflective practices of teaching and assessment which respect the worth and contributions of all learners through ongoing familiarity with professional practice and discourse in English
  • Participate effectively in small and large group interaction
  • Understand the relationship between print and non-print media and their relationship to culture.

Literary, Film and Cultural Studies

  • Display a working familiarity with British, American, and World Literatures, their representative authors, historical periods, cultures and genres
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with and the ability to apply principle methods of literary analysis, understanding the basic assumptions and theoretical constructs that guide criticism in each case
  • Recognize and use the research tools and resources of the professions, successfully integrating such materials into interpretive arguments while properly documenting sources according to professional standards
  • Understand the writing process and demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences, displaying a thorough knowledge of the conventions of standard edited English and the technologies that support communication
  • Demonstrate understanding that language and literature, as cultural artifacts, respond to and record the operations of politics, economics, philosophies and religious beliefs, and changes in technology, that literary expressions of diverse people record the value systems, modes of symbolic expression, and ways of knowing that give structure and meaning to human experience

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