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English B.A. Purpose, Goals, and Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The English Program at USCB is dedicated to cultivating in its students a broad cultural awareness and the ability to read carefully, think critically and write effectively. The program encourages students to develop both a sweeping historical perspective on the development of literature in English and a deeper understanding of particular periods, genres and authors. By helping students to investigate, nurture and integrate their historical, philosophical, psychological, political, ideological, ethical, emotional, spiritual and aesthetic responses to the world, the study of literature helps students to become complete and well-rounded individuals. This is why literary study has been central to Western education for well over two thousand years.


Through the study of language and literature and through the instruction and practice in writing required for all of its courses, the English program seeks to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Produce graduates who read, think and write carefully, critically and creatively.
  • Produce graduates who know when, why and how to conduct research.
  • Produce graduates who understand and appreciate the historical and formal development of the English language and of English and American literature.
  • Produce graduates who are culturally literate, well-rounded and well prepared to contribute to their future work environments and society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.
  • Provide a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in English or another field.
  • Establish a learning environment that contributes to cooperation and collaboration with the local community in the region and the state.

Student Learning Outcomes

USCB seeks to ensure that all students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in English…

  • Are effective critical thinkers, analyzers and close readers of literature.  Students should be sensitive to genre, historical period, tone, style, nuance and detail.
  • Are strong writers, able to formulate a thesis, organize a complex idea, support it with appropriate evidence and render it in coherent, grammatical and properly punctuated written English.
  • Have a broad historical understanding of the development of English and American literature.
  • Understand the intellectual and aesthetic trends characteristic of major historical periods and major literary and artistic movements.
  • Understand the fundamentals of linguistics and understand the historical development of the English language.
  • Have an understanding  of Western intellectual/philosophical history appropriate to their area of interest.
  • Have a broad background in European or American history appropriate to their interests.
  • Know how to conduct literary research.
  • Understand the basic theoretical lenses often brought to bear upon literature.