English Department courses challenge students to engage with the traditions and methods of literary study to become powerful critical and creative thinkers. Students balance thinking broadly with reading closely, building knowledge in world literatures and cultures to appreciate and understand their own.
The Department’s course offerings include introductory and advanced-level courses in composition, creative writing and journalism; introductory surveys and advanced studies in literature and critical theory; and a senior seminar. The department regularly offers opportunities for independent, off-campus and overseas studies, including some Spring Term courses.
Students in Dr. Chih-Ping Chen’s Asian American literature
course learn about Chinese sword dance during Spring Term
Several of our recent graduates have successfully completed master’s level and doctoral level programs in literature and composition. More generally, English graduates are well prepared for professional opportunities in media, the law, public relations, public and private education, and for jobs with non-profit foundations and research organizations.