Skip to Main Content Skip to Main Navigation
search this website
search this website

Lehman College Logo Click Here to go back to Homepage

Learning Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of a B.A. in English, a graduate will be able to do the following:

Goal I: Write analytically and creatively, that is to express ideas clearly and incisively in their writing in ways required both inside and outside of the academy.

To accomplish this goal a student will be able to:

  • compose a well-constructed essay that develops a clearly defined claim of interpretation which is supported by close textual reading.
  • employ effective rhetorical strategies in order to persuasively present ideas and perspectives.
  • utilize literary terminology, critical methods, and various lenses of interpretation in their writing.
  • apply the rules of English grammar.
  • adhere to the the formatting and documenting conventions of our discipline.

Goal II: Analyze a broad range of literatures written in English (including representative authors and major literary periods), recognizing their temporal, social, political, and artistic contexts.

To accomplish this goal a student will be able to:

  • interpret and critically evaluate texts of various genres, forms, and historical periods.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the historical context of a work or author.
  • choose an appropriate critical approach through which to analyze a given text.
  • describe a range of literary techniques and rhetorical strategies used in a variety of texts, including their relationship to audience, purpose, and cultural contexts/constraints.

Goal III: Use effectively a range of writing, reading, and research strategies applicable to multiple disciplines.

To accomplish this goal a student will be able to:

  • integrate primary and secondary sources into their writing.
  • employ methods of active reading, including annotating, summarizing, questioning, and synthesizing.
  • locate and critically evaluate print and electronic sources.
  • utilize current technologies to assist in the research and presentation of critical and creative writing.