Welcome to the English department, where courses in reading, writing, literature, and creative writing support students in developing critical thinking and articulate expression—skills essential for engaged global citizenship. Whatever academic and professional goals students may choose, strong language skills are necessary for success and participation. Reading courses help students to expand their vocabularies and meet the challenges of college study, while composition courses guide them to be more thoughtful, curious, and confident writers and researchers.
Survey courses in American, English, Asian, and world literature reveal major themes and motifs in cultures both ancient and modern so that students can appreciate the diversity and rich inter-relatedness of the human family. Students may also discover their voices and explore their imaginations in creative poetry and fiction writing courses. English faculty employ a range of teaching methods to meet students’ varied learning styles. In their English instructors, students will find mentors committed to helping them reach their goals and to pursue lifelong learning.