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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. Click here for information on the major, or here for information on the minor.

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.