The study of literature and writing fosters empathy and imagination, critical insight, power of expression, interdisciplinary engagement, cultural awareness, and appreciation for the variety of human experience. Students who study literature and writing learn close observational skills, rhetorical knowledge, and discernment of the relationship between aesthetics and ethics. They develop a repertoire of strategies for thinking critically, analyzing texts, and composing in a variety of genres. They learn how to inhabit different perspectives, examine their values, and envision and create new realities, which helps prepare them to be caring, engaged citizens of their communities and the world.

Students must take one course (depending on placement):

  • ENGL 121 or ENGL 190