The Department of English offers a wide range of courses in American, British, and world literature, in creative writing, and in the study of the English language. Many faculty members connect with other departments and programs to contribute courses in American Studies, Africana Studies, Film and Media Studies, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.
Students may pursue a major or minor in English, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The breadth and depth of study leads 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 department also participates in a joint-degree program with St. Andrews University in Scotland.