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  • Critical Thinking

    The English major provides you with a depth and breadth of literary knowledge while teaching you to explore problems creatively. Small classes and various opportunities for independent study, including a senior honors program, are designed to engage professor and students in a lively intellectual exchange.

    English Students In Class
  • Engaging Courses

    Students in professor Maria Fackler's seminar "Gossip" used word of mouth to promote a Picnic En Blanc event on the Chambers lawn. Students investigated the roles gossip plays in a wide range of fields, such as psychoanalysis, journalism, politics, television, literature, history and film. They also studied ways in which it can be negative, positive and neutral.

    Picnic En Blanc Event
  • Gifted Writers in Residence

    Sue Miller, the current McGee Professor of Creative Writing, is a chronicler of family, marriage and friendship who has written 10 novels as well as a collection of short stories and a memoir. The professorship was established by John F. McGee, Class of 1943, and his wife to bring gifted writers to campus as visiting professors. Some past writers have included Dorothy Allison, Henri Cole, Thomas Mallon, D.A. Powell, Victoria Redel, Ali Selim, and Al Young.

    McGee Professor Sue Miller

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English Department

The English Department encourages intellectual independence by stressing creative and critical thinking combined with informed reading and interpretation, which become evident through articulate speech and writing.

English courses provide students of all academic interests with a strong foundation in critical and expressive skills. We cater to the college's diverse student body by offering both critical and creative courses that focus on various time periods, authors, genres, regions and media.   

Members of the department seek to teach language and literature from a range of perspectives. Approaches include close reading of texts, performing texts, identifying historical and theoretical contexts—all strategies of reading that find their parallels in creative and expository writing.

Small classes and various opportunities for independent study, including a senior honors program, are designed to engage professor and students in a lively intellectual exchange.

English is an ideal liberal arts major, providing an excellent basis for those beginning careers in teaching, law, medicine, journalism, government, and business, as well as for those pursuing graduate study in literature or creative writing.