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8. Literature (Way of Knowing) (3 hours) 

The justification for Ways of Knowing is the need for our students to become more broadly educated because our students will enter a world in which they will hold several different jobs, and perhaps even embark on a succession of careers during their lives. Equally important is the consideration that this education will make their lives richer and their outlook broader even in the unlikely event that demands on their expertise do not change. All of the Ways of Knowing are required to consider the ways in which gender, age, poverty, ethnicity and globalization fashion and influence our lives.

This requirement will emphasize the contribution of literature to culture. Through critical reading and analysis, students will develop the ability to make effective use of the English language and informed aesthetic judgments about style and content.

Outcomes

  • Students will critically analyze literature and assess its contribution to our cultural heritage.
  • Through critical reading and analysis, students will develop an understanding of the effective use of the English language.
  • Through critical reading and analysis, students will develop the ability to make informed judgments about writers' style and content.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the perspectives of a diverse group of writers that may include women writers, minority writers and writers from non-American cultures.