Why Study English?

Our course offerings stress the intensive study of writers and their works in literary, cultural, and historical contexts and strike a balance between great authors of past centuries and emerging fields of study. Our creative writing courses, including screenwriting and creative nonfiction, provide the opportunity for students to develop their own creative work and a diversity of writing styles. Each English major works with her advisor to design a program appropriate to her interests (and that fulfills the department's requirements) to create a coherent intellectual experience and deepen one's understanding of a particular period or genre of writing. In the process, our majors gain an understanding of the power, history, and creative potential of language, and develop critical thinking skills, clear and effective writing skills, and the ability to construct and defend an argument.