W. Chapman Peek
G. Piggford, C.S.C.
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 studies in the Humanities. Our program enjoins students to explore the literary arts as a contact zone where history, critical analysis, theory, and creative writing 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 and individual papers. The program provides students with an understanding of traditional literary history and of the histories that have been left out of “the tradition.”
Through courses in poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, graphic narrative, cinema, and new media, students examine the world through multiple lenses, navigate a variety of literature and cultures in English, and pursue new ways of seeing received truths.