Nov 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Major and Learning Outcomes

English Major Mission Statement

The English major provides students with a rigorous examination and study of English language literary history and world literature in translation. Students acquire the skills needed to succeed as independent-thinking and ethical citizens of the world in the spirit of Christian humanism, developing an appreciation of the power of literary encounter to transform both human beings and the world in which we live. With this foundation, our students are ready to pursue diverse career options and graduate studies.

English Major Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from DeSales University with a major in English will be able to demonstrate:

  1. broad familiarity with the major works and writers of classical and modern American and British literature and with selected works of world literature, in both oral and written form;
  2. proficiency in critical approaches to language and literature, including close-reading, textual analysis, and literary theory;
  3. written proficiency in primary and secondary research methodology, information literacy, and MLA citation style;
  4. proficiency in academic writing conventions (content, structure, grammar, syntax, and appropriate rhetorical modes).

English majors study a core of 10 courses in English, American, and World literature, while developing their critical thinking, writing, speaking, reading, and interpersonal skills. They also complete a specialized track of four to six courses in one of the following: literary studies, secondary certification, writing, public relations, or an individually designed track. They take a major role in producing campus publications, such as the student newspaper and the literary magazine, and participate in out-of-class experiences like study abroad, internships, and literary readings. English majors pursue diverse vocational interests, such as legal studies, library science, public relations, print journalism, broadcasting, publishing, teaching, and business. Secondary school certification is available in both English and/or Communication. (See Education Department  entry.)