The English Department is dedicated to providing our students with the tools they need to engage in critical thinking and to explore literature and creativity. Our core courses offer a solid foundation in literature and literary theory, and our elective offerings allow students to shape the major as they wish, such as a concentration in writing, a particular literary period, western literary heritage, or global diversity. The study of English broadens the mind and fosters intellectual curiosity.
Students with English majors go into a number of careers. Besides graduate study and secondary teaching, a number of our graduates have gone into advertising, public relations, journalism, library science, law, business, government, and industry.
Our goals are as follows:
- Students will demonstrate the ability to write clearly and effectively in critical and/or creative modes.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically about literature, language, and culture.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize canonical authors and works in their historical contexts, including an understanding of literary techniques, formal devices, and genres.
Program Vision Statement: As our department moves further into the second decade of the 21st century, we are mindful of new challenges that students face in a world compressed by technology, information, and communication. We want to be a department that is savvy about change and effective in helping students to understand shifting global perspectives and issues of diversity, as well as practical changes in print culture and academic/professional concentrations in English.