English Student Learning Outcomes


  • Students will become conversant with traditional critical terms, forms, and genres, and will apply these concepts to their own writing and to their scholarly analyses of literary texts.
  • Students will learn how to manipulate the structural units of written language, and will gain a sense of editing and revision as central to the craft of writing.  They will regularly practice these techniques individually and in group contexts.
  • Students will experience literature as an aural and performative art form as well as a textual one; in turn, they will develop the ability to communicate complex ideas through speech and performance.
  • Students will develop persuasive interpretations of written and oral discourse by using close textual analysis and engaging in scholarly research.
  • Students will analyze how texts contribute/ respond to the literary canon, to the historical position of the English language, and to changing conceptualizations of literary authority.