Program mission statement
The mission of the English program is to serve students by leading them
to discover the practical importance of our cultural inheritance; honing
analytical, critical, and communication skills; and advancing the
University’s overarching mission of knowledge, service and sound value
judgment. By learning to identify and analyze details, as well as recognize
and interpret larger patterns, students who major or minor in English
prepare themselves for careers in law, media, marketing, advocacy, social
services, diplomacy, human resources, professional writing, fundraising,
health services and global communications. Students also can prepare for the
traditional fields of secondary and higher education.
Program goals, objectives and outcomes
Student learning outcomes:
- Develop knowledge of standard writing and research conventions.
- Recognize the ways in which literature expresses and confronts
moral, ethical, economic, social and political issues.
- Be able to write an essay that supports an interpretive thesis
that is clearly supported.
- Make connections between literary texts and their historical and