- To engage in a wide range of influential ideas.
- To develop skills of close reading and critical analysis of texts (broadly construed to include those works encountered in academia) which are often complex, multifaceted, and conceptually difficult.
- To develop skills necessary to communicate effectively about these texts.
- Written communication:
To develop the skills necessary to write a thesis-driven, evidence-supported essay (and to see writing as a recursive process).
- b. Oral communication:
To develop students’ abilities to engage in critical, and spirited discussion with one another and their professor, in ways that encourage them to be intellectually ambitious, vulnerable, and open-minded.
- To integrate written and oral communication skills in pursuit of a more nuanced understanding of the texts and ideas at issue.