Knowledge & Skills Gained
Applying What You Learn
In his message to the students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Boocker explains the importance of "making knowledge matter." We believe that means helping you develop useful, real-world skills alongside the sense of fulfillment and enrichment that studying English can provide.
We also believe in making you aware of the knowledge and skills you're developing along the way, so that you can capitalize on your strengths in the marketplace, graduate school and in life.
Knowledge & Skills Gained as an English Major:
- Knowledge of major literary works, genres and critical traditions
- Understand and empathize with other cultures and people through exploring their literary traditions
- Knowledge of linguistic, literary, cultural contexts in which literature is written and read
- Written and oral communication skills - ability to define audience, construct an argument, present an idea, and provide background information on a variety of issues
- Write and speak with clarity and precision, and learn the best methods to persuade an audience
- Detailed, balanced and rigorous examination of texts or spoken language and the ability to articulate interpretations to others
- Sensitivity to how communication is shaped by circumstances, authorship and intended audience
- Sensitivity to the power of language and its role in creating meaning
- A broad vocabulary and ability to use critical terminology appropriately
- Skills in a variety of research methods and the ability the accurately and appropriately present research