Philosophy And Curriculum
The major program in English stresses writing skills and the critical analysis of literary works. The approach is both textual and historical, so that majors will come to understand the ways in which language works to construct as well as reflect cultures. Though the program primarily focuses on American and British works and writers, majors will have opportunities to study other literatures and will be encouraged to do so. The critical and analytic skills required to complete this major, along with the historical and cultural perspectives that literary study fosters, will help prepare students for a wide range of careers. Careers that English majors characteristically pursue include law, teaching, Internet writing and design, journalism and publishing, sales and marketing, advertising and public relations, management and administration, public service, religion, and research. The program in English is also designed to serve students in their efforts to become attentive and articulate citizens.