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.

Program Goals

  • Provide students with academically rigorous coursework and curriculum, innovative teaching, student mentoring, undergraduate research opportunities, and opportunities and training for student assistants that are meaningful within the context of their literature studies
  • Expose students to different ways of thinking and being through experiential education, both domestic and international study abroad programs, and the Sigma Tau Delta honors society
  • Prepare students to satisfy the admission requirements for a variety of graduate or professional programs
  • Maintain and pursue the highest professional, pedagogical, and scholarly standards in current and new literature faculty, including the use of new and dynamic technologies both in and outside the classroom and supporting alternative forms of learning, research, and criticism; mentor new and existing literature faculty in these standards, curricular objectives, department policies, university procedures, and leadership opportunities
  • Create, evaluate, and assess curriculum; coordinate extra- and co-curricular activities; and follow clear procedures for the assignment of literature courses (and independent studies) based upon job description, terminal degree, demonstrated areas of expertise through current research activities and publication record, and seniority.