Program Goals

Fundamentally, the Literature Program seeks to provide its students with an educational experience that promotes skills-based learning as well as the intellectual awareness and maturity that are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education. Stressing analysis and synthesis in reading and writing in all of our classes, our curriculum has four objectives:

The Literature Program’s Learning Outcomes:

Program Goal 1:
To read diverse literary works and develop an appreciation of their aesthetic qualities and insights into human experiences.

Program Goal 2:
To acquire an understanding of the formal, historical, and theoretical aspects of literary and English language study and creative writing, including attention to:

  • form and genre
  • intertextuality
  • literary history and periods
  • English language within historical contexts
  • canons and canon formation
  • historical and cultural contexts
  • critical theory and schools
  • individual voice and style
  • grammatical & syntactical structures
  • diversity

Program Goal 3:
To apply analytical and expressive skills through:

  • close-reading
  • research
  • digital literacy
  • creative writing in diverse genres
  • development of individual voice
  • analytical writing
  • presentation
  • performance
  • modes of punctuation
  • constructive criticism provided to peers

Program Goal 4:
To demonstrate a thorough understanding of concepts and a mastery of skills, applicable to a variety of careers and life experiences through curricular and extracurricular projects and activities, including:

  • independent studies
  • research assistantships
  • teaching assistantships
  • internships
  • presentations (classroom, campus, conferences, exhibits)
  • participation in literary events (campus, regional, national, international)
  • creative and critical publications and submissions
  • service learning

In brief, the Literature Program prepares students who can think critically and creatively and, just as importantly, write and speak well. The program’s emphasis on technological literacy, furthermore, provides training in another key communication skill that is increasingly valuable in today’s job market. While many of our majors indicate that they plan to pursue primary or secondary educational careers, we tie our curriculum and its objectives to no one specific career.