English Program Mission

The English program at Russell Sage College values rigorous and relevant scholarship, active community engagement, and impactful creative expression. We are actively engaged in fostering a knowledge and appreciation of the richness of diverse literary texts as representations of human experience, as works of art, and as historical and cultural artifacts. The program seeks to cultivate critical thinking, sophisticated reading, powerful expression, and an understanding of the complexity and power of language. Our program empowers students to become reflective, engaged, confident, and ethical individuals who are prepared to successfully enter into professional life or graduate studies, who are life-long learners, and meaningful contributors to society.

Specific Program Goals for Student Learning & Program Outcomes

The English major is designed:

  1. To provide students with a content knowledge of diverse literary traditions, genres, techniques, and theoretical approaches used in literary studies.
  2. To foster critical, ethical, and reflective reading, thinking, writing, and speaking, including an appreciation of differences in cultural values and social and historical contexts.
  3. To cultivate effective expression through critical and creative writing, as well as confident and persuasive speaking.
  4. To enable students to become well-rounded, active, and responsible citizens who can apply their knowledge and skills to generate meaningful change in the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. A content knowledge of diverse literary traditions, genres, and techniques, as well as theoretical approaches used in literary studies.
  2. Critical, ethical, and reflective reading, thinking, and writing about literary texts.
  3. Their communicative skills, including clear, persuasive, and research-based critical and creative writing, speaking, and presenting.
  4. An understanding of English studies in the context of other disciplines to gain new insights and develop alternative methods of solving problems, allowing them to consider their own role in the construction of knowledge and in creating a better society.