Program Learning Outcomes

Students in our major will learn:

  • To read attentively, reflectively, and critically.
  • To compose thoughtful, coherent, well-developed essays following rhetorically appropriate conventions of grammar, punctuation, and style.
  • To quote, summarize, paraphrase, and cite primary and secondary sources appropriately and persuasively to advance an interpretive argument.
  • To engage with traditions and current directions in literary scholarship and critical theory.
  • To demonstrate awareness of historical and cultural context and how it shapes literary texts. 
  • To analyze texts in aesthetic, social, and political terms, reflecting on our own and others’ diverse identities.

Additionally, students pursuing our Creative Writing concentration will learn:

  • To compose well-crafted, original works in the forms of poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction.