Programs of Study in English
The Department of Languages and Literature offers offers three undergraduate programs of study, four minors, and one graduate degree path in English. Languages and Literature is the largest department on campus and has the distinct pleasure of teaching each student at Austin Peay State University.
The programs of study are located on the left, as well as one of the minors. The other minors are writings minors, which are located here: The Writing Minors. The link for the Master of Arts graduate program in English can be found here: Master of Arts in English.
The last three links on the navigation panel are course descriptions of the mandatory courses that all students pursuing all degree paths must complete. We are looking forward to meeting, teaching, and learning with you.
BA checklist: BachelorArtsEnglish.pdf
BS checklist: BachelorScienceEnglish.pdf
What Do Our Students Learn?
(Program Learning Outcomes)
To produce graduates who can contribute “significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, physical, and cultural development of the region” and the nation, we evaluate students who major in English under the following categories.
- So that graduates learn to communicate effectively through a variety of means (including written, oral, and visual), students will present material using standard technologies, such as PowerPoint, mixed media, and oral presentations.
Research-based Practices & Professional Standards
- So that graduates demonstrate appropriate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions, students will produce papers using MLA format and incorporating scholarly resources.
- So that graduates become proficient writers, students will have an in-depth command of grammar and will be able to write coherent essays with a solid thesis and supporting paragraphs.
Creative and Critical Thinking
- So that graduates will be able to reason effectively and develop the disposition and skills to gather, organize, refine, and analyze relevant information, students will examine arguments about literary expression by writing papers that take a position, explore counterarguments, and demonstrate the significance of a chosen thesis.
- So that graduates can hone their critical thinking and written communication skills, students will take such required courses as American Literature I and II, British Literature I and II, and a chosen writing elective such as Expository Writing.
Ethics and Social Responsibility
- So that graduates can collaborate with others to address social issues in an ethical and sustainable manner that is culturally inclusive, students are required to explore issues of diversity and society and are encouraged to have conversations and to write about how their experiences differ from their peers.
- So that graduates can contribute to the quality of life, learning and workforce development needs of the region, students will be encouraged to participate in service learning, study abroad, and experiential learning activities.
- So that graduates learn to appreciate and understand the rich complexity of world literatures and cultures, all students will read texts from majority and minority cultures and will write papers comparing and contrasting these texts and the experiences of these groups.
- So that graduates learn to appreciate and understand the rich complexity of literature, all students will take a diversity course—including but not limited to Critical Studies in African American Literature, Women Writers: Topics in Women’s Literature, and Gay and Lesbian Literature Across Cultures.