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The Department of English offers a major and minor in English and a minor in Creative Writing.
The English major and minor alike offer a multi-disciplinary approach to literary study that forges connections between texts and contexts, as well as between the literary arts and other studies in the Humanities. Our program enjoins students to explore the literary arts as a contact zone where history, critical analysis, literary theory, and creativity converge.
By encouraging disciplined inquiry and critical thinking, English courses challenge students to examine their cultural and historical positions and to organize and articulate their discoveries. All courses require oral and written work in the form of class participation, individual papers, and creative expression. The program provides students with an understanding of traditional western literary history and of the voices that have been historically excluded from “the tradition.”
Through courses in poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, graphic narrative, cinema, and digital media, students examine the world through multiple lenses, navigate the variety of literatures and cultures in English, and pursue new ways of seeing received truths.
Majors in English will:
- advance in six core curriculum areas - critical writing, critical reading, literary history, studies in the literature and culture of England, America, and Anglophone nations, creative writing, and literary-critical methodologies.
- analyze, evaluate, and incorporate primary and secondary sources to formulate substantive critical claims supported by persuasive, well-organized textual analysis (close reading) and effectively integrated textual evidence.
- recognize that literary texts shape and are shaped by their historical and cultural contexts. Develop the skills to analyze and evaluate these interactions between text and context, and the awareness that different time periods and cultures have different perspectives, norms, assumptions, and views about literature itself.
- understand how to approach literature as a historical, cultural and aesthetic object of inquiry that is both distinct from and in resonance with other forms of expression.