Department of English

English Literature Program

Last revised 9/10/2013

Literature Mission Statement

The academic mission of the SUU English Department’s program in literature is to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of literature from a variety of perspectives and cultures. The department pursues these objectives through a comprehensive program of study, including both broad survey courses and specialized seminars. Instructors foster in students critical thinking and effective writing, research, and oral communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the graduation requirements for the BA degree in English: Literature will be able to

  • identify, describe, and compare the literary features of a variety of genres across different historical periods and cultures;
  • evaluate how perspective and background inform the reading experience;
  • articulate critical positions and interpretations through presentations and academic essays;
  • conduct scholarly research; and
  • apply a range of literary theories and critical perspectives through close reading and analysis.