English (ENG)

The English Department offers a BA degree in English literature.

Learning Outcomes for Students Earning the BA in English.

Students who complete a BA in English will:

  1. Be familiar with important literary texts and aesthetic developments in literatures in English across the span of literary history.
  2. Understand the formal conventions of and innovations within major literary genres, such as poetry, drama, and the novel.
  3. Communicate clearly with others and engage knowledgably in the discourse of literary study.
  4. Write essays that interpret, analyze, and critique literature according to disciplinary expectations.
  5. Understand how literature interprets the human condition in its various aesthetic, historical, and cultural dimensions.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Currently learning outcomes are assessed individually in each class, through appropriate measures stated in the course syllabi. The department is introducing a new major curriculum in Fall 2013, and assessment of that major will consist of individual evaluation in each class, as well as assessment of performance in the senior seminar English 399, a capstone course that will require significant written research and oral presentations  (English 399 will be first offered in 2015-6).

The structure of the new major ensures that students will be evaluated consistently according to the learning goals established by the department. The first table below provides a mapping of those learning goals against the requirements of the new major. The second table provides a comparison between the current English major (which applies to students who declared the major Spring 2013 and earlier) and the new major, which will apply to students who declare the major in Fall 2013 and thereafter.

 

Learning outcome for major Courses that cover this learning outcome
Be familiar with important literary texts and aesthetic developments in literatures in English across the span of literary history. Students are required to take two gateway courses: a 200-level gateway course in pre-1800 British literature and Introduction to the Major (ENG 265), and either of two choices: 200-level gateway course in American literature (ENG 275) or 200-level gateway course in post-1800 British and Postcolonial literature (ENG 266).
Understand the formal conventions of and innovations within major literary genres, such as poetry, drama, and the novel. ENG 265 will provide an introduction to these conventions and innovations, which will be amplified by ENG 275 and 266, as well as the required 300-level course students will take to complete the major, particularly in Group I: Genre and Aesthetics.
Communicate clearly with others and engage knowledgeably in the discourse of literary study. Conventions of clear writing and disciplinary knowledge will be evaluated in all required courses.
Write essays that interpret, analyze, and critique literature according to disciplinary expectations. Conventions of literary interpretation will be evaluated in all courses in the major, with the expectation of demonstration of high levels of disciplinary competence in the senior seminar, ENG 399.
Understand how literature interprets the human condition in its various aesthetic, historical, and cultural dimensions. Students will be required to take at least 1 300-level course in each of three Groups: Group I, Genre and Aesthetics; Group II, History and Intellectual History, Group III, Culture

 

Current English Major (for students declared Spring 2013 and earlier) Future English Major (beginning Fall 2013)
30 hours (10 courses), at least 24 hours (8 courses) in advanced language and literature courses numbered 300-399 33 hours (11 courses) , at least 24 hours (8 courses) in advanced language and literature courses numbered 300-399
2 courses in English at the 100-level or above 1 200-level gateway course in pre-1800 British literature and Introduction to the Major (ENG 265)1 of two choices: 200-level gateway course in American literature (ENG 275) or 200-level gateway course in post-1800 British and Postcolonial literature (ENG 266)
1 300-level course in American literature 3 300-level courses, 1 in each of three Groups: Group I, Genre and Aesthetics; Group II, History and Intellectual History, Group III, Culture
1 300-level course in Shakespeare 1 300-level course in a Single Author (Group IV)
2 courses in pre-1800 British literature 2 courses in pre-1800 British literature (requirement overlaps with Group and Single Author Requirements).
1 Junior Seminar, ENG 300 1 Senior Seminar, ENG 399
3 300-level electives 4 electives, 3 at the 300-level, 1 at the 100 level or higher