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Comment: Changed Literature outcome 7 to reflect new language approved at 11 November 2022 Department meeting.




B.A. in American Studies (Curriculum Map) (GLOBE Outcomes Map)
B.A. in Comparative Literature (Curriculum Map) (GLOBE Outcomes Map)
B.A. in English (Curriculum Map) (GLOBE Outcomes Map)
B.A. in English, Adolescence Education: English (Curriculum Map) (GLOBE Outcomes Map)
B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies (Curriculum Map) (GLOBE Outcomes Map)

American Studies
Film Studies
Medieval Studies
Women's and Gender Studies

Learning Outcomes as of


Fall 2022

Learning Outcomes in English (Literature)


  1. the ability to read texts closely
  2. the ability to write clear and effective English prose
  3. the ability to write analytically about texts in accordance with the conventions of textual criticism
  4. an understanding of how criticism as a practice gives rise to questions about how to conduct that practice, questions that are constitutive of the discipline: e.g., questions concerning what we should read, why we should read, and how we should read
  5. the ability to read texts in relation to history
  6. an understanding of how texts are related to social and cultural categories (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, ability), enterprises (e.g. philosophy, science, politics), and institutions (e.g., of religion, of education)
  7. an understanding of how language as a system or linguistic change over time informs literature as aesthetic object, expressive medium, or social documentthat language changes with time, informing and reflecting systems of power
  8. the ability to "join the conversation" that is always ongoing among critics and scholars regarding texts, authors, and topics by engaging with secondary sources
  9. an in-depth understanding of a single author, a small group of authors, or a narrowly-defined topic, theme, or issue