The Department of English offers a wide range of courses leading to improved writing skills, increased sensitivity to language, awareness of the aesthetic and intellectual enjoyments of literature and an understanding of the cultural values reflected in literature.
In its major and minor programs, the department serves students who are seeking to teach in the public schools; students who are preparing for graduate study in English; students who desire a rich intellectual and aesthetic experience in advance of professional study in fields such as law, medicine and business; and students who choose English simply because they enjoy the disciplined study of literature and language. In order to satisfy these needs, the department has devised a degree program that affords students unusual freedom in choice of courses. During the senior year a student who qualifies may pursue Honors in literature or creative writing. English majors pursuing a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education should see the School of Education catalog section. English majors pursuing a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education should see the School of Education catalog section.
The faculty of English Language and Literature also offers an array of courses contributing to interdisciplinary majors and minors including American Studies, Africana Studies, Film and Media Studies, Linguistics, Community Studies, Creative Writing, Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.
English also participates in a joint-degree program with St. Andrews University in Scotland.