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Through the systematic study of English, students discover the values underlying the great literature of the past and learn to distinguish and appreciate the contemporary literature most likely to endure. Students studying English learn to evaluate sensibilities both past and present, acquiring a profound knowledge of their own humanity and of the human condition in general. The study of English helps develop fluency of expression, skill in logical analysis, and facility in planning, organizing, and revising. Literature courses, no less than composition courses, give attention to writing to help students perfect their ability to communicate with others.

The LIU Post Department of English offers the B.A. in English with specializations in writing or literature and the M.A. in English as well as the B.S. and M.S. in English for Adolescence Education (Grades 7 to 12). There are also B.S. programs in American Studies, and Writing and Literature for Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6). The Department also offers a 5-year accelerated program in English and the M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in conjunction with the School of Education. The Department of English offers courses in three broad areas: writing, linguistics, and literature. Offerings in literature cover all of English and American literature and a wide range of literature in translation.

Students have many opportunities to participate in clubs, publications and special events. The LIU Post Poetry Center, the longest-running literary center at any university in the metropolitan New York area, sponsors poetry readings and a poetry contest and brings internationally renowned poets to campus. Sigma Tau Delta, the national English Honor Society, maintains an active chapter at LIU Post, and members may submit original work to the national publication. LIU Post also offers a number of annual English awards for scholarship and original prose and poetry. Students may compete for the prizes granted annually by the Academy of American Poets. The English Department also is home to Confrontation, Long Island University's literary magazine, which since 1968 has published both famous and lesser-known writers, including seven Nobel Prize winners.

Goals and Learning Objectives for the Major

 

Goal 1: Students will show competence in reading and thinking critically about representative works of literature.

Learning Objective 1.1: Students will generate an interpretation of selected passages from a representative literary work.

Goal 2: Students will possess an understanding of humanistic themes as they emerge in world literature.

Learning Objective 2.1: Students will write analytically about a humanistic theme in a representative literary work.

Goal 3: Students will possess an understanding of how literary works relate thematically to each other within a literary period.

Learning Objective 3.1: Students will generate an interpretation of literary works from the same literary period and show the thematic connections between the texts.

Goal 4: Students will possess an understanding of how to write research papers on literary topics.

Learning Objective 4.1: Students will research past and current literary criticism and demonstrate an understanding of the critical discourses connected to a specific literary work.

Learning Objective 4.2: Students will offer an interpretation of a literary work based on researching the critical traditions associated with it.

Goal 5: Students will demonstrate an ability to understand the meaning of a literary work in its historical context.

Learning Objective 5.1: Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret a literary work by reference to its historical context.

Goal 6: Students will demonstrate mastery of the basic conventions of writing.

Learning Objective 6.1: Students develop an organized, clear written analysis of a text.

Learning Objective 6.2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic grammar and sentence structure.

Goal 7: Students will identify and describe fundamental characteristics of the English language.

Learning Objective 7.1: Students will identify and describe the basic syntax, morphology, and phonology of the English language.

Learning Objective 7.2: Students will identify and describe the important sociocultural dimensions of the English language.

Goal 8: Students will understand the basic conventions of literature and demonstrate knowledge of figurative language, genre, and literary form.

Learning Objective 8.1: Students will generate an interpretation of literary works with knowledge of figurative language, genre and literary form.

Goal 9: Students will examine evidence and frame writing as a social act within disciplinary and genre conventions.

Learning Objective 9.1: Students will recognize a rhetorical situation.

Learning Objective 9.2: Students will utilize a genre of writing or disciplinary convention.

Goal 10: Students will use writing as a meaning-making tool that creates narratives about our lives and the lives of others.

Learning Objective 10.1: Students will construct a personal or fictional narrative.

Goal 11: Students will use rhetorical principles to think critically about texts in multiple genres.

Learning Objective 11.1: Students will use a particular rhetorical framework to write about a text.

 

Goals and Learning Objectives for the Graduate Program

 

Goal 1: Students will understand the meaning of a literary work in its historical context.

Learning Objective 1.1: Students will interpret a literary work by reference to its historical context

Goal 2: Students will possess an understanding of literary works in terms of their generic characteristics.

Learning Objective 2.2: Students will generate an interpretation of a literary work in the context of its literary genre.

Goal 3: Students will possess an understanding of literary theory as it applies to the interpretation of literary texts.

Learning Objective 3.2: Students will write an interpretation of a literary work using literary theory.

Goal 4: Students will write research papers on literary topics.

Learning Objective 4.1: Students will research past and current literary criticism and demonstrate an understanding of the critical discourses connected to a specific literary work

Learning Objective 4.2: Students will offer an interpretation of a literary work based on researching the critical traditions associated with it

Goal 5: Students will possess an understanding of how literary works relate thematically to each other within a literary period.

Learning Objective 5.1: Students will generate an interpretation of literary works from the same literary period and show the thematic connections between the texts

Goal 6: Students will identify and describe fundamental characteristics of the English language

Learning Objective 6.1: Students will identify and describe the basic syntax, morphology, and phonology of the English language

Learning Objective 6.2: Students will identify and describe the important sociocultural dimensions of the English language