The mission of the Department of English and Philosophy is to offer degree programs to educate students in literary and philosophical content knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills, thereby preparing them to become teachers, writers, and other professionals and to pursue further academic studies. This department helps Murray State University achieve its goals by offering three graduate programs, two graduate certificate programs, and five undergraduate programs in the core areas of arts and humanities.
Student Learning Outcomes:
SLO 1: Written Communication in English and Philosophy: Students will express ideas in writing at a level and style appropriate for graduate school admission and/or professional success.
SLO 2: Critical Thinking Skills: Students will demonstrate an ability to function as critical thinkers capable of competently applying higher-order thinking skills to the analysis, interpretation, critique of texts, arguments, and/or rhetoric.
SLO 3: Content Knowledge: Students will demonstrate an ability to function as literary or philosophical scholars capable of recognizing prominent figures, conceptual frameworks, major concepts, works, and trends in literature and/or philosophy.
SLO 4: Pedagogical Skills in English Education: Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge of English education in the classroom, functioning as teachers of the language arts.