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Academic Foundations 003
African American and African Studies 014
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Art, Design, and Art History (080, 081, 082, 083, 085)
Asian Studies 098
Biological Sciences 120
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geology 460)
Economics 220
English (350 and 352)
Learning Goals
Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
Minor in Creative Writing
Teacher Certification
Prerequisites for English Courses
Courses (English 350)
Courses (American Literature 352)
English: Composition and Writing 355
Environmental Sciences 375
Film Studies 380
French 420
Geoscience Engineering 465
Global Politics 487
Health Information Management 504
Health Sciences: Aging 499J
Health Sciences: Health Advocacy 499K
History (History 510, American 512)
Honors 525
Honors Living-Learning Community 526
Information Systems 548
International Affairs 551
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Journalism and Media Studies 086
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Legal Studies 603
Linguistics 615
Mathematics 640
Medical Imaging Sciences 658
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 686
Music 087
Neuroscience 112
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology 819
Psychology 830
Religious Studies 840
Russian 860
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Theater 088
Urban Education 300
Video Production 089
Women's and Gender Studies 988
Writing 989
Administration and Faculty
Consortium with New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-Newark
School of Criminal Justice
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Academic Foundations Center
Honors College
Honors Living-Learning Community
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Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2016–2018 Liberal Arts Colleges Academic Programs and Courses English (350 and 352) Learning Goals  

Learning Goals

In order to develop a deeper sense of English as an academic discipline, students should familiarize themselves with the core learning goals that motivate the teaching of literature and creative writing.  In animating the requirements and expectations of individual courses, these goals also underpin the structure of the major and minors. The goals below apply to the entire range of departmental offerings and should be understood as working in conjunction with the other specified goals of individual courses.

Students who major or minor in English will hone their reading, critical thinking, research, and writing skills. They will learn methods of literary analysis. They will gain knowledge of literatures written in English in their diverse historical, cultural, and formal dimensions.   Students will sharpen their interpretive abilities while acquiring a working familiarity with critical terms, theoretical concepts, and literary conventions. Through classroom experience, including frequent speaking opportunities, students will gain in presentational skills. They will learn better how to situate their work in relation to others and in citing sources effectively.  Most importantly, they will demonstrate the ability to write precisely and persuasively in both scholarly and creative contexts.

Students may also choose to minor in creative writing. Creative writing offers undergraduates in all disciplines the opportunity to advance their communication and critical thinking abilities through the analysis and writing of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.  What they learn about fluidity of expression, tone, and compression is of benefit to further work in any discipline. The creative writing minor encourages an appreciation for the powers of language while also deepening the powers of empathy. Further, interactions in the workshop settings of most creative writing classes sensitize students to the social communication skills that come along with diplomatically critiquing the work of others.

Students who major in English or who minor in English or creative writing should emerge with enhanced career opportunities. English majors will be well prepared to function as literature teachers, and those who have minored in creative writing will have the expertise needed to incorporate creative writing pedagogy in school curricula. The English major or minor is also excellent preparation for the close-reading, analytical, and presentational skills valued by law schools. In fact, the talents developed in English better prepare students to succeed in a variety of other professional endeavors, including business schools, medical schools, and corporate life. Nevertheless, the greatest benefits for students who make a serious commitment to the discipline of English are in the lifelong reading habits that will both widen and deepen their experiences as independent thinkers and citizens.
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