Department of English offers two distinct but complementary concentrations,
both of which provide a unique perspective for studying and creating literary
literature concentration provides a comprehensive background in American and
British fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Its curriculum fosters the critical
skills English majors need to succeed in their studies, featuring discussion seminars
and lectures; these courses emphasize the traditions, movements and influences
that have inspired and challenged writers throughout history, as well as the
cultural context essential to understanding that history.
develop their creative fiction, nonfiction and poetry writing skills, with an
opportunity to specialize in one or two of these genres. The writing
concentration combines workshops and seminars to build a curriculum in
which students learn about writing from the inside out – becoming not only
consumers but savvy producers of literary texts.
both concentrations, the major culminates in a senior seminar project that
students complete during their final semester. Graduating students produce a
major written project and present their work publicly in a year-end symposium.
These capstone projects, like the majors themselves, prepare students for success
in a variety of careers, including graduate programs.