2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog

English Department

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Department Chair: Associate Professor Andrew Alexander
Coordinator of Philosophy Program: Associate Professor Brendan Lalor
Coordinator of World Languages Program: Professor Delma Wood

The English Department sponsors the Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an American Literature concentration, a Children's Literature concentration, a World Literature concentration, and a concentration by contract; Honors in English; the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature; the Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish for Business; the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy; and minors in English, Writing, Philosophy, and Spanish Studies. (See World Languages  and Philosophy .)

Student Learning outcomes for English:


Majors will . . .

√ develop sophisticated and active reading strategies--especially skills in close reading, critical reading, and analysis--to understand, appreciate, and work with a wide variety of everyday and complex texts (both in and after college)

√ develop a mature and integrative knowledge of literature and literary traditions across historical and geographical boundaries

√ interpret texts from a variety of literary genres in relation to their social, cultural, and historical contexts

√ develop a deep and enduring appreciation for the pleasure and utility of the practice of reading


Majors will . . .

√ engage in simple and complex rhetorical situations using the university's writing standards of Audience & Purpose, Arrangement, Development, Synthesis, and Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

√ critically analyze a variety of texts using disciplinary language and critical perspectives appropriate for literary and rhetorical analysis

√ participate in the critical and cultural discourse of English (disciplinary conversations and arguments) in ways that create and advance disciplinary and personal knowledge

√ conduct purposeful, independent inquiry through research, synthesizing the voice(s) and ideas of others to produce engaging, insightful, and persuasive texts

√ develop and hone a more sophisticated critical and/or creative voice

√ write clear, powerful, and engaging original literature (creative writing), and/or rhetorically powerful and persuasive work about literature (literary criticism), and/or rhetorically powerful and persuasive discourse about socio-cultural issues (civic discourse)


Majors will . . .

√ gain confidence in formulating and clearly articulating their thoughts to a variety of audiences

√ develop skills in listening actively, critically, and sympathetically

√ actively participate in discussions that build knowledge collaboratively

√ plan, prepare, and deliver engaging oral presentations


Majors will . . .

√ consciously explore and articulate their interests in studying English, (as well as personal values and life ambitions)

√ develop habits of mind that allow them to explain issues/problems, discover and employ evidence, analyze contexts, identify and evaluate personal and others' perspectives, frame a hypothesis, and reach reasonable conclusions

√ use disciplinary vocabulary, concepts, and theories to augment thinking

√ engage in inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, and risk taking to reach creative and practical resolutions

√ cultivate a mature awareness of and appreciation for creativity, imagination, and reason


Majors will . . .

√ anticipate and explore their interests in preparation for life after college

√ practice the skills and habits of thinking needed to succeed and thrive in an anticipated occupation

For more information please visit our website at www.castleton.edu/english



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