1. Students will demonstrate fluency in literary analysis and criticism, with capacity to argue persuasively and use prose effectively

2. Students will demonstrate methodological rigor and precision in original research

3. Students will demonstrate ability to perceive and critique the specific value system operating in a text and its language

4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of major literary periods and genres of literature, with increased understanding in area(s) of specialization

5. Students will prepare for and succeed in desired and field appropriate careers

6. Students will derive the benefits of an advanced degree program.