English

Undergraduate: Major, Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

If you have a passion for writing and critical thinking, the English department is where creative, analytical minds can thrive. A degree in English gives graduates the ability to write and communicate at an expert level. You will learn to write with purpose, applying the craft to persuade or inform with confidence in your message. We live in a world where the ability to communicate through the written word is crucial. Whether you are preparing for a career in law, media, journalism, creative, teaching, anything; an English degree will equip you to read, write and think critically, leading to limitless career paths and potential. 

Program Description

English majors are given the flexibility to specialize in a variety of subjects that fall within the English discipline including theater, fiction, poetry, the classics, and the contemporaries. You are given the freedom to pursue your education in the field or discipline that best aligns with your passion, or to enjoy a broad survey of everything that the major offers as a whole. Professors are noted scholars in their fields and work to help students engage with the material's text, context and professional criticism. You can also elect to take the creative writing English major, one of the few programs that you will find designed to provide the tools that are needed to begin a serious career as a writer. Take courses in playwriting, poetry, prose in long and short form, and even publishing. With four tracks as a minor, English is a strong complement to any degree.

Highlighted Courses

  • ENG 218 Literature and Medicine
  • ENG 223 Images of Women in Literature and Film
  • ENG 316 Revising the American Renaissance, 1820-1865
  • ENG 368 Native American Literature
  • ENG 373 Jane Austen
  • ENG 381 Postcolonial Literature

Distinctions

Students of the English department have received of some of the most prestigious grants and fellowships in the country, including Fulbright Scholarships. Graduates are regularly admitted to highly competitive graduate programs, and creative writing majors have gone on to produce groundbreaking works. Also, the Contemporary Writers Series attracts the top writing talent from around the nation and the world to visit the campus and discuss their craft with students in an informal environment. 

12:1

Student to faculty ratio

4

number of minors in English available, including creative writing

Extended Learning Opportunities

Pursue your love of reading and writing through a variety of scholarly communities, literary activities, and internship opportunities. 

Faculty-Student Collaboration

Assist faculty research, present your literary criticism at an annual conference, and write a scholarly thesis. 

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