At the time of graduation, the student of the English program studying under this curriculum is expected to possess the following abilities:
- 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 the literature.
- Apply critical and technical vocabulary to describe and analyze, and formulate an argument about, literary and other texts.
- Write clearly and effectively in a variety of forms, adapting writing and analytical skills to all situations.
- Identify and evaluate appropriate research sources, incorporating the sources into documented academic writing, and formulate original arguments in response to those sources.
- Recognize and write in accordance with a standardized system (such as MLA or APA) for formatting research papers and citing resources.
- Adapt literary, critical, and oral skills to communicate effectively in business and graduate school environments.
- Appreciate literature as a source of practical wisdom, aesthetic pleasure, and knowledge of the diversity of human experience.
- Having advanced knowledge about applied linguistics and insight into variation in language, particularly in the language(s) chosen for in-depth study.
- Will have in-depth knowledge of selected areas of linguistics such as corpus linguistics, contrastive analysis, language variation, language development, language learning.
- Will master the language and terminology of applied linguistics.
- Will show an ability to present something in an impressive way without losing the clarity of the subject matter.