Welcome to the Department of English
An English major may choose a concentration in either literature or writing. Students in the literature concentration develop their analytic skills and critical ability by reading widely varied works in the English language: William Shakespeare to Walt Whitman, Jane Austen to Gwendolyn Brooks. The study of English and American literature provides a depth and breadth of liberal education as it also improves one’s thinking, writing, and speaking. A major in literature is looked upon very favorably by admissions officers of law, medical, and dental schools. It is good preparation for graduate work in fields such as business, education, urban planning, social work, and public health. Employers in many areas of business, industry, and government seek college graduates with broad knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively.