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About the Department

The study of English is fundamental to a liberal arts and sciences education. English Department faculty members teach students to read perceptively and critically; to understand the historical, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature; and to write with clarity and precision. We offer courses in literature, film, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing.

Our faculty possess expertise in a wide range of specializations within English studies, and have published widely with top academic and literary presses, and in leading journals.


English majors benefit from small class sizes, individual attention from professors, and opportunities for independent research and internships. Students in this department may also pursue a concentration in creative writing. And for those who wish to teach English at the secondary school level, the department supports a double-major program along with the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.