2018-2019 Catalog

M.A. in English: Literature Option (incorporating the emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition) Learning Outcomes

  1. British Literature:  Students will show the ability to discuss cogently, both orally and in writing: a wide variety of works by British authors over time; important concepts, themes and traditions in the history of British literature and contemporary British literature; and secondary sources on British literature.
  2. American Literature:  Students will show the ability to discuss cogently, both orally and in writing: a wide variety of works by American authors over time; important concepts, themes and traditions in the history of American literature and contemporary American literature; and secondary sources on American literature.
  3. The Literary Canon:  Student will discuss cogently, both orally and in writing, the traditional notion of the traditionally accepted literary canon, current shifts in the notion of canonicity, and reasons for such shifts.
  4. Critical Perspectives:  Students will discuss cogently, both orally and in writing:  the principles that underlie a variety of perspectives in literary criticism, such as Formalist, New Historicist, Queer Theory, Reader Response, Post-Structuralist, Feminist, etc; evaluations of these principles; applications of these analytic paradigms to particular examples of literature
  5. Research Strategies and Skills:  Students will find research sources from a variety of modes, including both textual and electronic; make appropriate selections of sources; and present the results of research in a matter consistent with professional practice, including the documentation of the chosen sources in ways that meet professional standards.
  6. Written Analysis:  Students will prepare a written analysis that situates literary texts within their contexts historically, theoretically, and socially and integrate that analysis with their research in a manner consistent with professional practices. Oral Analysis:  Students will present, explain, respond to and/or follow up on a given literary topic orally, and they will present research on a literary topic orally in a manner consistent with professional practice.

For the Rhetoric/Composition Emphasis

  1. History and Theory of Rhetoric:  Students will discuss cogently, both orally and in writing, a wide variety of rhetorical perspectives and theoretical standpoints from the classical period through the 20th century.
  2. Current Rhetoric and Composition Theory:  Students will discuss cogently, both orally and in writing, important issues and scholars in contemporary composition studies, and they will be able to present, explain, and analyze major positions within rhetorical theory. 
  3. Discourse Analysis:  Students will discuss cogently, both orally and in writing, important issues and theories in the field of discourse analysis, identifying and analyzing a range of modes of discourse.
  4. Composition Pedagogy:  Students will discuss cogently, both orally and in writing, current theories and practices in the teaching of composition, presenting and explaining various aspects of composition theory and practice in a manner appropriate to an audience of high school or community college students.