Literature and Writing Studies Department

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Writing Studies will

1. Communicate in writing, speech, and other media according to professional practices and conventions for different audiences and purposes;

2. Closely analyze texts through a range of critical and theoretical approaches;

3. Identify the historical, political, social contexts that have lead to the creation of canons and alternative traditions;and

4. Interpret multicultural and international texts in their local and global contexts. Assessment of these learning outcomes occurs in a variety of ways: students are asked in our classes to complete many different kinds of writing assignments, including short essay exams, in-class responses, reading journals, research papers, thesis-driven essays, oral reports, and collaborative writing projects.

Graduate students in the Department of Literature and Writing Studies (LTWR) develop theoretical knowledge and practice critical reading and writing in the field. The program has been designed so that graduates should be able to:

1. Closely analyze texts at an advanced level, using a range of critical and theoretical approaches.

2. Interrogate theoretically the historical, political, and social conditions of texts from local and global literary traditions, with attention to the formation of canons and counter-canons.

3. Proficiently read and interpret texts in at least one language other than one’s native language.

4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of and ability to engage in the theories and practices that inform the fields of literature, composition pedagogy, and creative writing.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of professional practices such as disseminating scholarship/creative activities through conferences and publications.

6. Write a theoretically informed critical or creative writing thesis that enriches the field of literature and/or writing studies.