General Education Survey Competencies

Introduction to Literature (ENGL 230)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about literary texts that represent various genres and historical traditions.
  • Enhance appreciation of literature as a form of art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the conventions of various literary genres.
  • Employ analytical strategies for reading literary texts in various genres.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts and vocabulary associated with literary study, and demonstrate the ability to use these concepts in the analysis of literary texts.
  • Observe the relationship between literature, culture, history and politics.
  • Connect issues and themes expressed in literature with their own interests, experiences, and concerns

Early American Literature (English 235)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of foundational texts of Early American literature through the mid-19th century
  • identify and discuss strengths, limitations and cultural assumptions of various literary forms practiced in early America.
  • enhance their understanding of the historical, cultural, and social and rhetorical contexts in which early American literary texts were written 4. Students will acknowledge the diversity of early American cultures and the various American identities formed in the crucibles of different temporal, social and geographic landscapes.
  • use various groups of texts to examine the poetic and narrative representations of religious, economic, political and domestic interests evident in them.
  • draw out useful definitions of American identity for different cultural groups past and present.
  • identify and discuss the issues, conflicts, preoccupations, and themes of various early American literature.
  • identify and discuss the roles which gender, race, age, class, ethnicity, wealth , poverty and geography have played in creating early American literature
  • write a clear, focused, coherent essays about literature for an academic audience, using standard English conventions of grammar and style.

Rhetoric of the Color Line (English 280)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify and define a selection of rhetorical terms, concepts.
  • In written and oral form, articulate rhetorical situations as they apply to primary texts studied.
  • In written and oral form, articulate the rhetorical strategies used in the primary texts studied.
  • In written and oral form, articulate the connection between historical/rhetorical situation and the rhetorical approaches used by the authors studied.
  • In written and oral form, articulate the meaning of their personal racial identity.

Science Fiction (English 292)

  • describe the historical development of science fiction from Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and the writers of the magazine period of science fiction to major recent and contemporary writers.
  • identify and describe the distinctive features of science fiction.
  • analyze story-telling techniques and theorize the processes writers use to create future fantasy narratives based in present realities.
  • employ new modes of thinking and problem solving in varied unpredictable environments.