English Department

 

The English Department offers students the opportunity to explore – and participate in – the rich tradition of the written word in English.

All students learn to approach texts and ideas critically, to consider them thoughtfully, and to write about them clearly. The enhanced fluency English Majors and Minors gain will prepare them to compete in the domestic and international job markets for careers in teaching, journalism, government, marketing, communications, publishing, and business as well as for graduate study.

Students who choose the English-Journalism Major will acquire dexterity in traditional and emerging media. All good writers begin as good readers: student-journalists will steep themselves in literature so that they may begin to intuitively understand the standards to which they aspire. Our program emphasizes individual field-work as a primary vehicle, allowing students to cultivate their own interests as they learn all the necessary skills. The English-Journalism Major balances theory with practice.