Students who complete a major in English with a concentration in literary studies will demonstrate that they are
• capable academic writers;
• skillful interpreters of literature;
• versed in literary methodology;
• and effective synthesizers of ideas.
They will do this by crafting a 20-page paper of publishable quality that reflects the culminating synthesis of their study in the field. This paper is written during the student’s senior-year Shakespeare course (completed in the Spring semester) and the results of this work will be presented during Senior Research Day.
Students who complete a major in English with a concentration in creative writing will demonstrate that they are
Students will demonstrate their awareness of
accomplished creative writers
Students will demonstrate their mastery of one creative genre, including the genre’s
Students will develop their portfolios during their senior year by enrolling in ENG 402 Assessment Portfolio course. This course is taken concurrent with the senior thesis project in Creative Writing.
The portfolio will consist of a 15-page reflexive essay that addresses the questions above. Students completing the creative writing concentration will be required to present their work during the annual Student Research Day.
Students who complete a major in English with a concentration in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) will demonstrate that they
• Understand that language is comprised of component parts; can articulate the forms and purposes of those components; and can communicate those structures to others;
• Understand the cultural component(s) of language; the role culture plays in language acquisition, and how cultural identity impacts communication;
• Demonstrate that they are capable academic writers and effective synthesizers of critical ideas.
Students completing this concentration will do their assessment as part of their ENG 404 Assessment Portfolio in TEFL (1 credit). Working with the course instructor, students will propose and prepare a seminar project designed to study the methodological history and current theories in regards to TEFL instruction. Specifically, students will articulate a current methodological debate, define its core differences, and produce a position paper that argues for its resolution. The course will include relevant readings, paper preparation, and a public presentation of their work.