The study of English helps students develop a broad range of practices that are valuable for a wide variety of career paths and life aspirations. In addition to offering courses that satisfy the core requirements in literature and writing and the core Human Diversity requirement, the Department of English offers three major tracks of its own and one joint major with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages:
Students graduating with a major in English will be able to write thoughtfully about literature and life, in forms that range from engaged responses, to close readings of primary texts, to critical papers using secondary resources. They will understand and practice writing as a process that involves substantial revision and be able to reflect thoughtfully upon the writing process that works best for them. They will be able to read sophisticated literary works with imagination and intelligence and will be able to respond critically to their empathetic, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions.
Each of the majors offered by the English Department requires 44-credits of work. The literary studies major requires a mimimum of 40-credits of work.