Director: Jennifer Rust, Ph.D.
The English Department offers a student-centered curriculum. Classes are small to emphasize discussion, and students work closely with faculty members on independent research topics. In order to balance tradition and innovation, the English Department provides coursework in every area of English including British and American literatures, postcolonial literature, literary theory, fantasy, film, gender and race, rhetoric, language study, professional writing, and creative writing. In addition to established courses in major periods and famous authors, English faculty members offer special courses on significant themes, theories, and topics that vary each semester.
Writing is central in every part of the University's English program, both as the medium through which we hone our ability to reflect upon what we read and as a subject unto itself. Thus, along with courses in literature, in which writing plays a principal role, you may take courses in various genres of creative writing and/or business and professional writing. These courses can enhance both personal creativity and professional competence. Also, both Premedical and Pre-law majors often use English as a preparatory degree for professional studies. The emphasis placed on analytical thinking and effective writing skills proves to be a valuable asset in graduate professional studies, where English majors rank among the most successful applicants.