The basis of the English major is to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to read deeply and write fluently. These skills are critical to professional success, regardless of field or industry. Literature and literary criticism are significant parts of ages old, continuing conversation about the meaning and value of human society. Unlike scientific or social scientific approaches to this conversation, literary discourse emphasizes the particular in the dialogue between particular and universal. The study of literature enables one to engage this conversation richly; both for personal development and for the ability it gives one to be a responsible agent in the many societies each person inhabits.
The study of literature enables one to engage this conversation richly; both for personal development and for the ability it gives one to be a responsible agent in the many societies each person inhabits. Moreover, literary study gives one insight into how cultures operate in such a way as to facilitate ethical cross-cultural interactions. Literary study facilitates such agency by teaching readers how to understand – an understanding that engages intellectual, ethical and aesthetic faculties – and then critique literary artifacts.
Upon graduation, students will find themselves prepared for a number of career possibilities, including education, graduate and professional programs, including the fields of law, medicine and business, as well as advertising, editing and publishing, journalism, communications and mass media.
Areas of Research in English
English Learning Outcomes
Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate: