Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog


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Associate Professors Liu, Matz
Assistant Professors Decker, Koenigs, Mansouri, Prakas (on leave spring 2020)


The Scripps College Department of English offers courses in British, American, and global Anglophone literatures.  The major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the history of English-language literature, a strong foundation in literary criticism and interpretation, and extensive instruction in written expression.  We encourage students to pursue a broad array of approaches to the study of English: courses required for the major range across time periods and genres, and can include both theoretical and creative work.  English majors can also take advantage of the resources offered by literature departments at the other Claremont Colleges.

Learning Outcomes of the Program in English

Department Goals and/or Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

1. Students will learn basic skills in literary studies.
2. Students will learn to see their arguments in historical context.
3. Students will learn to recognize and construct well-formed arguments.
4. Students will learn to articulate their ideas cogently and persuasively in a variety of media / formats including writing and oral presentation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

SLO1: a) Student exhibits the ability to read primary texts closely.
b) Student is able to pose effective questions about form, content, and literary devices.
c) Student engages with relevant critical approaches and with secondary material in literary studies.
SLO2: a) Student demonstrates an awareness that her arguments participate in a long-term conversation about the nature, function, and value of literary works.
b) Student is able to situate particular textual instances within literary history.
SLO3: a) Student recognizes well-formed arguments, including recognition of argumentative structure, use of evidence, and a disciplinary framework.
b) Student constructs such arguments.
SLO4: a) Student engages the appropriate audience.
b) Student's work is well-organized.
c) Student's work is of an appropriate length.
d) Student's work is situated within a critical conversation.



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