Department Highlights

Department of English

Read. Write. Reflect. Commit.

The Department of English centers itself in the tradition of liberal learning that believes an educated person who is thoughtful, inventive, well-read, and skilled in spoken and written communication, is best equipped not only for the workplace, but to lead a rewarding and choice worthy life.

So if you love literature, if you want to write, if you desire to grow in knowledge and intellectual maturity, join us as we study the best texts and tackle together perennial questions that have occupied writers and readers. 

This is the real world

Business owners and employers, routinely surveyed about what they want in employees, cite intangible qualities like creativity, adaptability, people-smarts and an ability to collaborate with others. They are more than happy to train people in the specifics, but what they want are people who know how to think, know how to write, and are confident in their ability to learn. This is what a major in the liberal arts can provide.

Students in the English and Creative Writing majors enter a variety of careers, particularly those valuing creativity, writing and communication skills, and critical thinking. 

Some graduates go directly to serve in business, non-profit organizations, and government, while others pursue graduate degrees in such areas as law, ministry, or the humanities.

So while the best reason to be studying English is to spend time reading deeply, asking questions, mastering a skill or craft, and developing as a person, our majors position themselves to go into many fields: teaching and publishing, law and government, business and industry.