The English department believes that skillful, self-conscious reading, writing, and thinking provide a foundation for meaningful living. They seek to develop forms of analysis and expression that are both critical and creative and that help students comprehend the multiple cultural practices and values of the twenty-first century.
Villanova English majors acquire a broad understanding of Anglophone literary history as well as familiarity with the major genres of the tradition. A department of accomplished scholars, there is a focus on undergraduate education and the department makes its majors the center of its pedagogy. While preserving the value of literature as a cultural form, there is a focus on cultivating the analytical skills necessary for negotiating today’s rapidly changing world.
Learning Goals and Objectives.
--Students use writing analytically and creatively.
--Students’ writing is clear, persuasive, insightful, and well-organized.
--Students demonstrate familiarity with Anglophone literary traditions and genres and are able to employ disciplinary vocabulary to interpret a wide variety of texts.
--Students are able to assess the historical contexts, ideological assumptions, and aesthetic values of the texts they analyze.
--Students are able to incorporate and evaluate secondary sources (critical, theoretical and historical) in their literary analyses.
Highly interdisciplinary by design, English department is manifest across the university through the programs in Africana Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Irish Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric, in all of which English faculty are prominent, and in recent innovations such as the “Creativity on the Page” Learning Community and the "Literary Experience in London" program for for first-year students in their second semester.
The English department offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees.
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