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  • Academic Learning Compact - English

    Home to UF’s programs in Creative Writing and Film and Media Studies, The Center for Children’s Literature and Culture, and The Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts, the Department of English bridges traditional literary studies with new critical and theoretical disciplines. These include: critical theory and cultural studies; creative writing; rhetoric and composition; children's and young adult literature; contact period studies; postcolonial and/or diasporic studies; film studies/film and video production; gender studies and feminist theory; new media; psychology and literature; and imagetext studies.

    Individualized programs balance focus with a flexible curriculum that spans periods, genres and media, and fosters careful analysis across disciplines and methodologies. Received traditions are renovated and new intersections of critical and literary practice are fostered within the framework of the Context Model system. Students are encouraged to define and pursue original work and/or creative work.

    The study of English is vitally concerned with the texts and contexts of public culture. The department's curriculum cultivates a responsible understanding of the cultural and material conditions that shape historical and contemporary texts, and instructs students in the communication skills necessary to produce materials that disseminate new thought and knowledge by engaging with "fundamental questions" in the arts and humanities.

    Additional information is available from your major's website.

    Before Graduating You Must

    • Complete ten English courses (3000 or above) that demonstrate proficiency in the student learning outcomes; assessments will be graded according to an evaluation rubric during the student's inaugural and final semesters in the major.
    • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

    Skills You Will Acquire in the Major (SLOs)

    1. Identify materials, terminologies, methodologies and theories within one or more context models:
      1. Advanced Writing
      2. African-American / African Diaspora Studies
      3. American Literature
      4. British Literature
      5. Children's Literature
      6. Creative Writing
      7. Cultural Studies
      8. Drama / Theater
      9. Feminisms, Genders and Sexualities
      10. Film and Media Studies
      11. Medieval/Early Modern Studies
      12. Postcolonial Studies
      13. Studies in Theory
    2. Communicate knowledge, ideas and reasoning effectively in written, oral or other forms appropriate to the context model(s).
    3. Evaluate cultural narratives and/or objects, employing methodologies and criteria appropriate to the context model(s).
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    Table Key: I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

    Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication
    SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
    Assessment 1 
    (first semester in the major)
    A A
    Context Model Courses * I, R I, R I, R
    Assessment 2
    (final/graduating semester)
    A A A

    * Course selection and sequence vary by student choice and courses can be affiliated with multiple context models.

    Assessment Types:
    Instructors will rely on course assignments, most often critcal essays, as prescribed by context models and as assessed the inaugural and final semesters of the student's enrollment in the upper-division major.

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