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English


Where creativity AND critical thinking meet

How does a poem possess such power? What can literature teach us about our history and how can it inform the present (or the future)?  How does a piece of writing evoke feeling and promote action? 
 
Welcome to English — a thriving, diverse, student-centered department fully committed to the power of language to communicate ideas, broaden perspectives, find common ground, persuade others, and transform lives. Our focus on both creativity and critical thinking empowers our students to reach beyond the norm encouraging them to harness their broad skill sets for careers in a variety of fields including education, marketing, banking, journalism, publishing, entertainment, the arts, technology, real estate to name a few.

As business expert Steve Strauss recently wrote in the Huffington Post, "I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity.... Most of all, I love to hire them. . . . English majors are easily the top choice when it comes to getting the type of teammate who can make us all better.”

The English Department offers an array of emphases within the major and minor, including Creative Writing; Critical Studies in Literatures, Cultures and Film; English Education; Linguistics; and the Rhetorics of Science, Technology and Culture. In addition to our undergraduate offerings, the department is also home to an active graduate program. All of our emphases and programs are committed to educating the whole person, valuing the individual while encouraging collaboration and teamwork as well.

My decision to change my major to English was truly life changing. I was a psychology major on the verge of dropping out until I found my home in the English department. Never in my academic career have I encountered such an accommodating, friendly, and inspiring group of educators. I'm honestly sad that I have to graduate, but I'm confident that the things I have learned from them will allow me to have a happy and successful life.

2015-16 senior survey
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