It is the mission of the English program to provide students with a scholarly environment of the highest caliber in which to pursue an education in the riches of the English language. The program seeks to educate students in an array of subjects within the broad domain of English studies, including English grammar, critical and creative writing, American, English and World literature, traditional literary genres, film, literary theory and criticism, and teacher training. The program’s curriculum encourages students to explore literature’s interdisciplinary relationship to the other humanistic disciplines, such as cultural studies, philosophy, religion, history, and art. While learning to evaluate, understand and enjoy complex and important works of literature, students in the English program will refine their critical and creative writing skills so that they can better appreciate the power of language and make use of it in both their personal and public lives. Finally, the program prepares students for graduate study or to enter a wide variety of vocations (such as teaching, law, the ministry, business, government and the public sector) that depend upon reading and writing effectively.
The English and Humanities Department offers bachelor degree program options in English literature and English education and houses the interdisciplinary minors in Writing and Comparative Philosophy. We also offer courses in Humanities as well as a number of courses in Philosophy. The department has an outstanding faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship, whose areas of expertise range from Shakespeare and poetry to American Western and Native American Literature. Our majors enjoy small, seminar style classes with a low student to faculty ratio. This means professors have more time to spend with students, making your academic experience that much richer and more rewarding.