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University of Illinois Springfield

Department of English University of Illinois Springfield

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Bachelor’s Degree Overview

“We must continually remind students in the classroom that expression of different opinions and dissenting ideas affirms the intellectual process. We should forcefully explain that our role is not to teach them to think as we do but rather to teach them, by example, the importance of taking a stance that is rooted in rigorous engagement with the full range of ideas about a topic.”
- Bell Hooks

Objectives of the Major

A classroom in the UIS English program.The goal of the English Department is to develop students’ skills in critical thinking and expression of complex ideas.

At the time of graduation, English majors should be able to:

  • Exhibit critical thinking through the analysis and interpretation of language, and of literary works in such areas as American literature, British literature, multicultural literature, and non-fiction texts
  • Express complex ideas for a specific audience and purpose
  • Employ research tools for writing and other modes of understanding
  • Connect texts with their historical, cultural, critical, and rhetorical contexts
  • Interpret existing and student-generated texts effectively using a variety of critical and theoretical approaches
  • Work collaboratively to analyze and interpret texts and to improve writing skills
  • Exhibit, where appropriate, effective oral communication skills
  • Employ technological tools and resources for research, collaboration, and the writing process
  • Employ invention strategies to generate texts
  • Differentiate and employ macro- and micro-revision processes and techniques

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