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ERIC Number: ED404648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
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Integrating Literature and Composition: A Practical Curriculum.
Bannister, Linda
The English department at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is trying to create an environment where all voices are heard and respected, both those of the literarists and compositionists. Where it is probably more customary to think of curriculum as a reflection of faculty values, the guiding principle at LMU has been that curriculum can influence faculty values. Since 1968, LMU has had a two-track English major that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to emphasize either writing or literature. Over the following 15 years (1968-1983), the two-track major grew in popularity--the number of English majors gradually increased, and the writing-emphasis program added a few new courses. Writing students accounted for about 30% of the English majors, but the program was minimally integrated. Writing students were thought to benefit from literature courses but the converse was not considered true. Then, two significant events intervened. In 1983, enrollment figures revealed that nearly 50% of the majors had declared a writing emphasis. Second, the department recognized the growing importance of writing in the English curriculum and the rebirth of studies in rhetoric and composition. Over the next 7 years (1983-1990), curriculum changes and a hiring policy seeking faculty who teach both literature and composition helped the department to realize new goals. Curricular changes included adding a new pre-major course sequence and beefing up the writing major requirements and courses. Since 1990, the department has devised a number of upper-division writing and literature integrated courses. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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