English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies

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The mission of the University of Minnesota Duluth English program is to study and teach the history, forms, theory, and practices associated with the production, reading, and pedagogy of literary and cultural texts. Our goals are to acquaint students with a significant range of texts and their cultural, critical, and aesthetic contexts; to develop through the study of literature, creative writing, teaching, and language students’ understanding of and respect for human diversity; to introduce them to some of the critical and scholarly approaches to the study of literature, literary history, and book production; to make them aware of the structure and history of the English language; to help them develop the ability to read perceptively, think critically and creatively, write effectively, and engage meaningfully with the complex societies in which they live. The program aims to prepare students both as professionals (teachers, writers, and editors) and as citizens capable of contributing to a broad range of cultural, creative, and professional communities, and committed to lifelong literacy and learning.

UMD English majors develop expertise in the following Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Know representative examples of literary and cultural productions
  2. Understand the variety of ways that literature can be analyzed, created, and produced
  3. Be familiar with works of non-western, ethnic, and women's literature
  4. Identify technical and aesthetic elements of literary texts from different genres
  5. Read and analyze literary texts in a cogent way, using relevant critical terms to formulate persuasive arguments
  6. Practice scholarly writing which demonstrates an understanding of standard literary research methods
  7. Apply rhetorical, communication, and analytical skills to discussions in their communities