May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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LIT 201 - Introduction to Literary Studies

Credit(s): 3

This writing-intensive introduction to the English major will prepare students for advanced study in literature by providing them with the foundational skills of literary analysis, literary theory, disciplinary methodologies, and close readings of literary texts. (Spring Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Describe the distinguishing characteristics of the major literary genres (poetry, drama, fiction).
  • Analyze specific examples of the major literary genres.
  • Engage in close readings of texts, utilizing a variety of approachs to textual and discourse analysis.
  • Find, evaluate, and engage with literary scholarship as part of a larger effort to gain a better understanding and appreciation of a literary text.
  • Utilize the stylistic conventions of formatting an essay and documenting secondary sources.
  • Write rhetorically effective essays (well-reasoned and grammatically correct).

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