Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Learning Aims

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In addition to the goals for the core program, all of which apply to the major program, the English department sets the following as goals for its majors:

  • Develop a lifelong habit of reading literature for both pleasure and intellectual edification
  • Acquire a basic knowledge of literary history—how generations affect each other, and how authors write with an awareness of those who have written before them
  • Recognize that texts can be approached in multiple ways
  • Understand how works of literature reflect their own times; how they are affected by the spirit of their age (currents of thought as well as social, political, and economic forces); and how they can in turn affect that time
  • Understand how works of literature, even those written in and about times and places foreign to us today, are able to speak to us personally and directly

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