Professor Pelton, Chairperson; Professors Baker, Burduck, Creter, Eisen (Associate Dean), Kash, Laird, McQuail, Null, O’Rourke, Pickering, Saya; Assistant Professors Bounds, Deiter, Hunt, Williams; Instructors Fisk, Rideout, Robinson, Smith; Lecturers Henry, Kean, Moynihan
The English language and literature curriculum is designed to improve students’ skills in writing, critical reading, and thinking; to enrich their cultural experience; and to prepare them for all professions requiring a high level of expression, imagination, and intellectual activity, including creative writing, editing, teaching, law, politics, and management.
The English major includes four concentrations: Literature, Writing, Professional Communication, and Dramatic Arts. All are designed to prepare students for careers that require the ability to think critically, write clearly and imaginatively, and understand diverse cultural contexts. The Literature curriculum develops strong critical and textual skills, and allows students to discover great literary works of the past and present, providing an excellent foundation for graduate study in English and related fields. In the Writing concentration students explore the arts of creative expression and rhetorical discourse, grounded in the study of literary traditions. The concentration in Professional Communication provides students with knowledge of skills, strategies, and theories necessary for employment in various workplace and technological settings, with options in Corporate Culture, Information Architecture, and Scientific and Technical Writing. In the Dramatic Arts program students focus on the literary traditions and performance arts that come together in the theatrical experience, preparing students for lifelong engagement with the arts while providing a solid foundation for graduate study or any profession that requires teamwork and creativity.