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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.


Credits to earn a Major


Credits to earn a Minor


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Major Core Curriculum

Here’s a sample of the coursework you will complete for the English major.

Course NumberCourse Name
EN134Introduction to English Literature
EN239Discovering Literature
EN242 American Literature Survey
EN244GBritish Literature: From Castles To Colonies
EN245GBritish Literature: Rule Britannia To Cool Britannia
EN430GStudies In World Literature
EN495Senior Seminar

Degree Requirements

Program Format:
On Campus
Credits Required:
Time to Complete:
Four years

Professional Writing Minor

Writing is a marketable skill students can use for the rest of their lives. It is a skill employers always want from their job candidates. Courses in the Professional Writing minor cover such diverse modes as creative writing and copywriting, while also exploring such specific formats as writing for business, scientific and technical writing, and writing and publishing.

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