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Mission and Goals    
The Literature and Creative Writing Program

I. Mission 
The Broad Aim of the Program
Maharishi University of Management’s Literature and Creative Writing Program addresses the changing role of English departments throughout the country at this beginning of the 21st Century. The programs for both Literature and Creative Writing are the result of research and design, taking advantage of both new and traditional ideas of literary studies and writing methodologies that fit within the overall mission of Maharishi University.

The Literature and Creative Writing Program first of all fulfills the aims of all literature programs by culturing reading, writing, and critical thinking. To a large extent, we honor the Great Books approach to a liberal education but also the current emphasis on "textuality" advocated by theorists such as Robert Scholes. Beyond these common pedagogical methods, the Maharishi University of Management’s Literature and Creative Writing Program offers a unique and powerful approach to education by focusing on our speciality, the development of the learner. By refining the consciousness of the learner and not simply focusing on what can be learned, both the learner and the curriculum are profoundly advanced. A primary goal of Maharishi University is to support our students’ holistic development in the direction of greatest fulfillment, the unfoldment of Higher States of Consciousness through Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhis program. 

The development of Higher States of Consciousness leads to enhanced student intelligence, creativity, clarity of thinking, and higher moral reasoning, the qualities that define the highest level of Maslow’s pyramid of Self-Actualization. When applied to a program of literary study and creative writing, developing the consciousness of the student towards optimal brain functioning leads to enhanced, interpretive, and expressive language skills. The technologies for fully developing the individual, Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique and TM-Sidhis program, remove stress and expand consciousness, thus significantly aiding students in pursuing and reaching their full potential. When these technologies are integrated into the Literature curriculum, students gain great awareness in both the texts they study in the classroom and the “texts” which constitute their own lives. 

How the Literature and Creative Writing Program Contributes to the General Mission of Maharishi University of Management
The above mission statement reflects how the Literature and Creative Writing Program helps the University's achieve its overall educational goals of:
  1. achieving educational excellence, 
  2. promoting the holistic development of students, c) 
  3. conducting research and extending the frontiers of knowledge, and d) improving the quality of life for individual, nation, and the world. 
The Literature and Creative Writing Program shares the common aims of the University for the Self-development for all of its students, faculty, and staff, through the TM and TM-Sidhi programs. These programs of Self-enhancement not only culture individual development, they have proven to have a spill-over effect of contributing to the long, cherished, human desire for world peace. 

II.  Goals 

By the end of the major, students in the Literature Program will have gained the following knowledge and/or skills.
  1. The ability to read a literary text with depth and insight. 
  2. The competence to analyze a work of literature in terms of theme, structure, style, genre, theory, and other literary approaches.
  3. The skill to organize and execute a well-thought-out, well-argued critical analysis on a literary topic.
  4. The ability to edit and revise and essay so as to bring it to a publishing-level draft.
  5. The knowledge to do professional-level literary research.
  6. The skill to execute professional documentation both within the text and in a Works Cited page with the professionalism demanded by publishers.
  7. A strong comprehension of the language and terminology of the Literature discipline.
  8. The development of a personal voice and style in both creative and critical writing.
  9. The ability to critique a work of literature through the lens of Maharishi Vedic Science.
  10. The ability to make a professional presentation on a literary theme.

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