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Introduces representative works from major genres, develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills, and promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities of literature.

The Student Learning Outcomes for English 110 are:

  • Analyze literary texts using the methods valued by literary critics and scholars.
  • Compose well-structured, grammatically-correct essays which assert the reader's analytical interpretation of a literary work and support that interpretation with convincing textual evidence.

To achieve these goals, students will learn to:

  • Analyze the relationship between literary genre and meaning.
  • Evaluate the formal and stylistic aspects of the literary work such as point of view, character, diction, tone, imagery, plot, rhyme and meter.
  • Relate the text’s themes and values to the social, historical, ethical, psychological, philosophical, or religious context of the work.
  • Analyze how specific works are influenced by dominant and/or subversive ideologies.
  • Compare and contrast interpretations of specific texts through different literary theories.
  • Create a thesis that argues and assembles the reader’s interpretation of a literary work or works, and assemble supporting evidence to validate that interpretation from appropriate primary and secondary sources.
  • Compose analytical essays that demonstrate appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of literary analysis.