"And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now."
- Rainer Maria Rilke
English is one of the most rewarding, practical, and enjoyable majors. As English majors, students read the books they love, explore and refine their ideas through in-depth class discussion, and practice the art of critical and creative writing.
The Department of English offers both major and minor programs, which allow students to choose either a literature or writing emphasis. Central to these programs is a belief that the close study of literature offers both great pleasure and intellectual challenge. Among the rewards inherent in the study of English is gaining a greater understanding of the power of literary language and thought, the rich diversity of literary traditions and the cultural contexts of literary production. Intellectually, students will mature as readers, thinkers and writers, able to engage in analysis and discussion, and to write with acuity and critical self-awareness. The literature emphasis provides a background in British and American literature and enables students to develop skills in research, writing, and advanced critical thinking. The writing emphasis combines a selection of courses from the literature emphasis and a concentration of courses designed to introduce students to problems and issues of language and writing and to develop skills in creative writing.