Graduates of the University of Bridgeport’s English program will be able to:
- Critically and analytically read works of literature produced in many different cultures and historical periods.
- Employ a variety of methods to respond to, evaluate, analyze, and understand literary and nonliterary texts.
- Examine various literary techniques that writers use in constructing their texts, and demonstrate an understanding of these techniques.
- Demonstrate, through discussion and writing, an understanding of significant cultural and societal issues presented in literature.
- Apply critical and technical vocabulary to describe and analyze, and formulate an argument about, literary and other texts.
- Distinguish between and appropriately analyze the different genres of literature.
- See literature in context and respond to connotative meanings in literary and cultural texts.
- Identify and evaluate appropriate research sources, incorporating the sources into documented academic writing, and formulate original arguments in response to those sources.
- Write clearly and effectively in a variety of forms, adapting writing and analytical skills to all situations.
- Recognize and write in accordance with a standardized system (such as MLA) for formatting research papers and citing resources.
- Adapt literary, critical, and oral skills to communicate effectively in business and graduate school environments.
- Develop an appreciation for literature as a source of practical wisdom, aesthetic pleasure, and knowledge of the diversity of human experience.