Course Goals at Each Level
A reminder of course goals at each level:
300 level courses should introduce students to the basic terms, conventions, and scholarly methods of studying literature, including:
developing an argument with a thesis statement,
appropriate terminology of the field, and
close reading skills.
Goals at the 400 level (other than Creative Writing and Expository Writing):
At the 400 level, students should refine their abilities to analyze literature, both in reading and writing though:
Learning the basics of research in the discipline of English, including a basic understanding of the range of archival resources,
Incorporating secondary sources into an argument of their own,
Introduction of theoretical approaches to literature and cultural studies across the curriculum.
NB - all 400 level literature courses will have ENGL 300 or 310 as prerequisite or 'permission of instructor'
Goals at 500 level (other than Creative Writing):
In 500 level English courses students should:
Develop their own voice in argumentative source-based writing, including a substantial project of 10 or more pages, or the equivalent.
Exhibit flexibility and complexity of though in analyzing literature and cultural studies,
Demonstrate comfort with a variety of theoretical approaches, scholarly methods, types of evidence and modes of presentation.