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.
The major in English 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. Students can also declare a minor in Creative Writing.
The department meets several specific obligations within the liberal arts program of the College. On behalf of the faculty as a whole, it provides formal instruction in English composition. The department offers courses which provide a broad program of electives for students who are not English majors. Faculty also contribute heavily to such interdisciplinary programs as American Studies, Africana Studies, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Women's Studies.
English also participates in a joint-degree program with St. Andrews University in Scotland.