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The Department of English is home to a community of scholars, creative writers, teachers, and students who seek to understand and engage the world through exploring and activating the connections among literature, cultural studies, writing, and interdisciplinary inquiry. As part of a Jesuit University with a strong social justice mission, we are committed to collaborative and experiential learning, civic engagement, and sustainability. To that end, we teach and study not only English and American, but also global and multi-ethnic literatures and other cultural productions, in ways that are attentive to gender, race, ethnicity, and globalization.

We offer courses in literature, culture, film, theory, composition and rhetoric, and writing, including creative writing. In addition, we are expanding our Departmental offerings in new technologies and media to address the rapidly evolving issues and multiple literacies of the 21st century. Our faculty plays a central role in the University’s core curriculum, through which all students develop crucial academic, civic, and life skills. Our undergraduate English majors learn to read, write, and think critically and creatively, enabling them to thrive in diverse careers, including marketing, law, publishing, teaching, and medicine. Students learn not only to appreciate language and literature, but also to write effectively and persuasively, to read complex materials with comprehension and critical awareness, to appreciate ambiguity and uncertainty, and to use the skills and knowledge gained in their academic careers to make informed and thoughtful choices regarding citizenship, vocation, and life paths.


Student Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Students demonstrate an ability to read literary and critical texts critically, precisely, and with rhetorical awareness

Objective 1: Analyze literature and writing with a sophisticated awareness of various cultural and theoretical perspectives (e.g., race, ethnicity, nation, class, gender, sexual identity).

Objective 2: Analyze and interpret a variety of texts with a sophisticated awareness of the history of literature and literary conventions and genres.

Goal 2: Students demonstrate an ability to produce various kinds of texts precisely, effectively, and creatively.

Objective 3: Create texts that are rhetorically effective in a variety of forms and genres.

Objective 4: Identify, understand, and apply various theoretical perspectives in their creation of new analytical and creative texts.

Objective 5: Complete an investigative research project that requires the selection, evaluation, analysis, and integration of secondary sources in an ethical and effective manner.