English - Undergraduate
Change a degree-major of an existing program
BA - English Major
Summary of the Changes:
The department requests changing its major requirements for the BA in English.
Rationale: The proposed changes in the requirements for the major will give students additional skill-based coursework in which they develop the ability to read literary texts closely-that is, analytically, critically, and with appreciation for the aesthetic features of these texts.
a. The requirements for six hours of literary interpretation, criticism, and/or theory will give students additional experience in practical literary criticism.
b. The requirement for six hours of coursework in either Literature in/as Performance or Writing Studies will provide students with the opportunity to develop or further develop:
- the ability to distinguish between language as a vehicle of meaning and language as performance;
- the ability to recognize, analyze, and explain the significance of the performative dimensions of literary language;
- advanced writing skills.
c. The current categories - Literature in Context, Literary Type, and Literary Medium - do not accurately identify the programmatic character of the courses that are listed in each category. Therefore, eliminating these categories in favor of the above new requirements will enhance the programmatic coherence of our major.
d. We are shifting the requirement for coursework in early and later periods of British and American literature from a requirement for the major to a requirement of our new minors in (i) British Literature and (ii) American Literature.
e. We have added to the requirement for a capstone experience the option of a directed independent study. This new option will enable the department to begin a pilot assessment project of longitudinally tracking the learning of individual students.
CREDIT HOURS REMAIN AT 30 FOR THE BA in ENGLISH
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