The Department of English offers excellent preparation for students interested in English for the sake of general humanities or as a tool for pre-professional preparation. Introductory courses develop necessary skills for critical reading, analytical thinking, and literary interpretation. Literature courses—with a balance of American, British, and world offerings—develop a dialogue between the past and present across political, cultural, and ideological barriers. Literature, as it reflects human activity, helps us understand human values, motives, ourselves and society.
As an outgrowth of its courses in upper-division writing, the Department of English offers a major and a minor in writing, both of which are designed to complement any major on campus by offering the opportunity to pursue advanced training in expository, argumentative, non-fiction, and creative writing endeavors. The department also provides opportunities for students to participate in various publications and contests.