- First and foremost, literature invites us to contemplate and discuss profound insights into the human condition.
- Classes develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through open discussions that emphasize free exchange of ideas.
- Scholarly and creative work feeds students’ personal creativity and love of language.
- An approachable, intellectually stimulating faculty support student efforts to succeed in the classroom and out.
- Life after graduation: skills and insights learned studying English lend themselves to varied professional goals without being merely pre-professional.
- ENG 265—A survey of American literary masters from the colonial era to the present.
- ENG 237—An introductory course to the study of film as literature covering a range of filmmakers and genres.
- ENG 310—The department’s beginning creative writing course provides students from across campus the means to express themselves through literature.
- ENG 332/333—The department’s two Shakespeare courses examine representative samples of the Bard’s tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances.
- ENG 357/358—Southern literature from the colonial period to the current day is the focus of these two courses.
What Students Love About This Program
- The opportunity to express their opinions and hear those of other students who share their passion for literature.
- The consistently stimulating subjects that the readings and class discussions raise.
- The freedom to explore one’s own ideas in writing and conversation and to have those ideas treated seriously.
- Small classes that help to establish a comfortable intellectual climate in which to explore new ideas.
- The opportunity to work with nationally and internationally renowned writers who become mentors and friends.
- Professional education: our students regularly go on to law, medical, pharmacy, and graduate schools.
- Teaching: many of our graduates become teachers in secondary schools across the nation.
- Publishing: love of language and the ability to shape its beauty make a natural tie-in to the publishing world.
- Nonprofit organizations: socially committed students often find careers at organizations committed to improving the state of humanity.
- Business life: the ability to think and write clearly are skills in high demand in the business world.