Our department offers courses in British, American, and world literatures, as well as writing and film. The ten courses of the major follow a natural pattern, from an introductory seminar (EN 110) through several survey courses and into Critical Theory (EN 325) and a choice of upper-level courses, culminating with a senior seminar (EN 410). All courses foster critical thinking through writing and discussion. Majors must maintain a high level of written expression and will be expected to learn and use the skills of literary scholarship. The Department also offers two minors: one in literature and the other in creative writing, each requiring five courses. The Creative Writing minor allows students to study literature "from the inside out," as writers of it, but fosters the same critical thinking, writing, and discussion skills as the major and the literature minor.
Our upper-level, special topics courses explore a theme in depth that you may have otherwise never known to exist. Some examples:
- Beauty and Desire in the Postmodern American Novel
- The Blues
- Other Worlds, Other Minds: Knowledge and Vision in Modern Literature, Art, and Film
- Myth, Metaphor, and Metamorphosis
- Digital Literature
- The Horror
- Teaching Writing
English Learning Outcomes:
- Students will demonstrate college-level critical thinking skills.
- Students will demonstrate college-level writing skills.
- Students will demonstrate college-level reading skills.
- Students will have specific skills associated with literary and cultural interpretations.
- Students will have a working knowledge of the traditions of the Anglo-American canons.
- Students will demonstrate sophisticated strategies for understanding and interpreting these literary works.
- Students will demonstrate the capacity to think into complex cultural and textual issues and to communicate their ideas about these issues.
After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:
- Communications Coordinator
- Customer Service Representative
- Document Management/Digitization Specialist
- English Teacher
- Special Education Instructional Assistant
- Material Planner
- Senior Sales Manager of Publications
- Admissions Counselor
- Operations Supervisor
Our English graduates have used their background for jobs and careers in many fields. Especially because we emphasize critical thinking and written communication, our English graduates are well prepared for jobs and careers in many fields upon graduation. They have also gone on to teach at all levels, and have pursued graduate studies in many areas, including law, environmental science, and music. Anyone seeking a solid liberal arts background on which to build a future will find exactly that in the English major.