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English MA Program Outcomes


Students will

  • explain accurately the literal meaning of a work or works of literature at an appropriate level of complexity
  • discuss effectively the literary aspects of a prose work or works, such as tone, point of view, characterization, imagery, etc.
  • offer persuasive and technically accurate close readings of poetry, including analysis of prosody and other formal features
  • employ technical language and appropriate literary terminology in service of a clear, effective treatment of material discussed
  • analyze a work or works effectively from the perspective of genre
  • analyze a work or works effectively from the perspective of the cultural issues it addresses (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, etc.)
  • analyze a work or works considering accurately their engagement with relevant historical periods
  • construct an effective analysis of a work or works informed by the tenets of a literary theory
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