Jason McEntee, Department Head
Department of English
Pugsley Hall 301, Box 2218
The English major requires 45 credits in English and linguistics courses and is designed to give the student a broad overview of literature, writing, and the language.
Student Learning Outcomes
The English department’s B.A. program prepares students to become innovative professionals and global citizens by teaching them to read closely and critically, write creatively and persuasively, and explore the beauty and value of diverse literatures and cultures.
- Analyze texts closely and critically, using key literary terms and concepts to interpret how the specific elements of a text contribute to its larger meanings.
- Identify significant texts, authors, periods, movements, genres, theories, and modes from literary history, recognizing how literary texts both reflect and shape historical contexts, aesthetic values, and cultural ideals.
- Apply key theoretical ideas, concepts, and methodologies to the reading and writing of texts.
- Write argumentative, creative, and reflective texts that demonstrate focus, content, structure, evidence, style, and grammar appropriate to their rhetorical contexts.
- Conduct scholarly research that incorporates the use of library resources and discipline-specific databases; the evaluation and integration of secondary sources; and the documentation of primary and secondary sources using MLA style.
- Explain how literature both reflects and enriches the diversity of human experience through its exploration of the ways in which race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, ability, and class shape identity and influence perception.
To count toward the Major, courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.” Topics courses may only fulfill the specific requirements when approved by the department. All sections of English 210 count as a major elective.
Course Delivery Format
The department offers coursework on campus, online, and at attendance centers around the state.