The English Literature major focuses on the study of literatures in historical and cultural contexts and includes course work in English language, literary theory, and composition and rhetoric. The program offers a diverse spectrum of classes ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century and covering a wide variety of topics in literature, media, composition, and language studies. Courses encompass and explore multiple cultural traditions, allowing graduates to cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.
The English Department provides small, student-centered classes, innovative educational methods, and close faculty-student interaction. Students may opt to develop a writing concentration within their literature major, taking writing courses such as composition, creative writing, and professional and technical writing. There are also opportunities to pursue English Education, including endorsements.