Studying literature opens your world, introducing you to other cultures, places and times. Reading novels, poems and plays gives you new ways to see the world and — through self-exploration — new ways to see yourself. The reading, writing and critical thinking skills you will develop will help prepare you for professional careers and graduate study.
Reading, writing and oral communication are embedded in your classes — these are fundamental keys to success not only in English but in any professional field you choose. Your study of English will provide you with a powerful experience in which, through critical thinking, you will be able to analyze the world and its ethical implications. You will gain insight into empathy and compassion, and learn to better appreciate your culture and that of others.
Classes are discussion-based rather than lecture-based. We place an emphasis on your drafting, then gaining feedback from your papers rather than simply turning in a final product. Also, we encourage respectful discussion on social issues raised in literature. Among our department’s hands-on learning activities, you will have opportunities to attend professional theatre productions and visit major museums.
“The English Department was outstanding and demanding. I had wonderful teachers at all levels and in every discipline. They were first-rate.”
Maryland’s Poet Laureate
As you think about declaring a major (or a minor), we encourage you to think about English. Do you love to read? Would you like to take courses where you could discuss vampires, hobbits, the apocalypse, zombies, baseball, Zorro, AND Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the nature of war, and what it means to be a hero?