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Versatile, Marketable, Transformative

When you choose English as a major, second major, or minor, you open up a world of possibilities for yourself. ​Students in the Department of English study language, stories, and ideas across disciplines, mastering skills all professions consider key to success and promotion:

  • Communicating clearly, critically, and creatively
  • Working and thinking independently
  • Collaborating with colleagues and clients
  • Interpreting and analyzing text, speech, and data
While preparing our students for their chosen vocations, the study of English also cultivates a love of reading, thinking, and the virtues of learning as a way of life.

Innovative and Flexible Curriculum

Students of our program study a wide range of literature, English language, and writing practices. The newly redesigned curriculum allows students to essentially design their own major by following a path of general English studies, or specialize in one of six areas of concentration.

The Department of English offers specializations in:

  • Creative Writing
  • Nonfiction Writing
  • World Literature
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • American and British Literature
  • Applied Linguistics

Supportive and Collaborative Faculty

Our faculty are widely published scholars in their field. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one in mentorship and advising as well as collaborate on research. To see a full list of faculty with their specialties click here.