The chief goal of the English department is literacy, which means more than just the ability to read and write. It means being fully at home with language, being able to enter into critical dialogue with the writers we read, and being able to use our native language to organize and present our own thoughts and feelings.
Courses in the English department introduce students to a variety of the most excitingly literate men and women of the past and present. These courses aim to train the student to read accurately and imaginatively, to think critically, to write clearly and forcefully, and to enjoy the potential for creative play afforded by our rich and complex language. They cultivate the habits of critical inquiry, serious reflection, aesthetic appreciation, and considered response. Critical writing is a key component of every English course.
An English major will prepare you well for a variety of career paths.
- The ability to think critically will help you become a leader in your chosen field.
- Advanced reading and writing skills will enable you to communicate clearly and concisely.
- The capacity for creative thinking and problem solving will render you indispensable to your employer—and eventually, your employees.
- Increased understanding and respect for diversity will help you better serve clients and customers.
- Discovering unique insights will make you intellectually interesting and increase your competitive edge in the workplace.
Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism, Victorian Lit, Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, the Great American Novel, World Lit—we've got it all! Check out our course offerings.
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Osteen for winning the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Nonfiction Award, from the journal New Letters.
Welcome, English majors and minors! Contact us if you have any questions about the program or the department.