Academic Standards and Requirements

Some of the goals of the department and program are to lead students:

  • To read with discrimination and delight
  • To widen horizons through literary experience
  • To think and write critically and creatively
  • To attain confidence in their ability to relate literature to life
  • To share insights effectively
  • To establish a hierarchy of values
  • To come to wisdom and truth


Through a broad spectrum of literature courses, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Locate and evaluate the place of one or more Western texts within the literary heritage of contemporary American readers
  • Ascertain what they as readers prize in a text and how their evaluations concur and differ with those of critics
  • Formulate their personal values as a result of discussion of character, incident and underlying philosophies in literature

Through language and writing courses, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify grammatical elements and correct basic problems; construct appropriate rhetorical structures and styles of English in creative expression
  • Exercise opportunities for creative expression

Through programs offered, the students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Achieve a satisfactory basis for graduate study in English and selected preprofessional programs

Through the prevailing departmental policy, to promote delight in literature, faculty will:

  • Have reasonable freedom to teach what they enjoy
  • Grant students reasonable freedom in selecting courses and content

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