B.A. in English: Literature
B. A. English: Creative Writing
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LITERATURE

    
Bachelor of Arts in English: Literature    
Program Director: Professor Terry Fairchild, PhD
Chair, Department of English

Degree Requirements
  • LIT 205 Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing
  • LIT 497 Senior Thesis
  • Plus 44 credits of literature courses (11 four-credit courses)
  • In addition to the requirements above for the B.A. in Literature, students need to satisfy the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
 
Learning Outcomes
  1. Study a wide range of literatures in each of the major genres: the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction.
  2. Gain familiarity with all the literary periods from classical through the contemporary.
  3. Become familiar with various literary movements, such as Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, etc.
  4. Become familiar with literary theories from the Romantic age, where it all began, to the New Historicism and Post-Modernism.
  5. Discover how literature both influences and is influenced by the time and place of its creation.
  6. Discover the connections between literature, culture, and the indigenous arts.
  7. Discover how literary works express the moral and spiritual questions of their age and of any age.
  8. Learn to think outside one’s own age, to empathize with another time and another culture.
  9. Learn to approach a literary work as an active reader, as a co-creator of meaning.
  10. Learn the language and terminology of the literary discipline.
  11. Learn the elements of each genre, including plot, character, point-of-view, setting, structure, imagery, symbol, rhythm, meter, etc.
  12. Come to understand that meaning is a matter of interpretation.
  13. Learn to develop a thematically based literary topic and to explore its implications in a meaningful way.
  14. Develop the ability to write a sophisticated critical analysis. To master critical thinking and to apply it in all areas of the major.  
  15. Learn to edit, revise, and document a literary analysis.
  16. Learn to conduct research both on the web and in the library, and document what you have discovered according to MLA Style.
  17. Master information literacy.
  18. Be able to apply Maharishi Vedic Science as a critical tool for interpreting a work of literature.
  19. Learn the aesthetic value, beauty, and power of language as the source of all literary endeavors.
  20. Learn to make public presentations on literary subjects.

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