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- Students can choose between concentrations in literature or in writing and publication studies.
- Smaller classes provide an intimate environment where students feel free to engage in discussion.
- English majors develop a strong basis in writing and analytical reading, history, literature and criticism.
- Our faculty are mentors and guides, while providing a liberal arts education with the resources of a premier research university.
As an English major, you’ll develop analytical reading, effective writing and superior critical-thinking skills relevant to a wide range of 21st century careers, including publishing, education, media, marketing and law. Your literature courses will focus variously on close reading of texts, exploration of particular authors and genres, questions of critical theory and method, and the relationship of literary works to their historical contexts. Your writing courses will focus on developing your communication skills across various genres and modalities, including fiction, poetry and nonfiction, in both traditional and new media contexts. Close exploration of texts, through both writing and reading, fosters an understanding of how we have come to be who we are as humans and where we might go from here.