English (ENG) – Minor

The Department of English offers a minor in English literature.

Learning Outcomes for Students Earning a Minor in English

The English department expects graduates to:

  1. Be exposed to important literary texts and aesthetic developments in literatures in English.
  2. Show familiarity with 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. Show familiarity with how literature interprets the human condition in its various aesthetic, historical, and/or 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 English minor calls for more curricular freedom and less structured coursework than the English major, and stresses exposure to, rather than mastery of, the field. The range of courses required by the minor guarantees such exposure, and individual evaluation of student performance in their classes for the minor is congruent with the stated goals of the program.