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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
  • Exceptional Opportunities

    The Abbott Scholars Program selects the most promising English majors and provides them with opportunities to apply for research funding, meet with seniors writing theses through the Abbott English Honors Program, and enjoy visits with distinguished scholars and writers. Additionally, Abbott Scholars meet with Professor of English Emeritus Tony Abbott, a well-known poet, novelist, essayist, and literary critic, who along with his wife, Susan, generously funded the program.

    Abbott Scholars


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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.  

Our faculty teach language and literature classes 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 opportunities for independent study, including the Abbott English Honors Program for seniors, engage professors 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.