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Learning Goals (adopted 2010)

The Knox College English Department maintains two separate courses of study: Creative Writing and English Literature. While students are encouraged to embrace conversations, influences, intersections, as well as divergences between the disciplines, students navigate discrete curricular and co-curricular paths, and do so with a recognition of each program's unique learning goals.  

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Students completing a major in English Literature will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the literary traditions in English
    and recognize the diversity of literary and cultural voices
    within those traditions;
     
  • analyze texts within their cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts;
     
  • write lucidly and compose compelling arguments based
    on close reading and informed critical reflection;
     
  • prepare, organize, and present an engaging oral presentation.

CREATIVE WRITING

Students completing a major in Creative Writing will be able to explore and to demonstrate an understanding of the creative process through:

  • constructing internally coherent and resonant art objects
    in at least two literary genres, with particular attention to elements of craft;
     
  • constructing internally coherent and resonant art objects
    in one nonliterary artistic medium, with particular attention
    to elements of craft;
     
  • assessing the influences of cultural and aesthetic values upon the construction of literary art objects within diverse traditions;
     
  • engaging in artistic communities through active conversation, presentation, and participation;
     
  • collecting, revising, and appraising the literary and nonliterary art they have previously constructed in a culminating project.