Academic Program

The English Major

Two Students

The major in English is designed to provide a broadly humanistic education that prepares graduates for success in a wide range of fields, including publications and public relations, law, and education. The curriculum includes in its offerings courses which reflect the University's historical identity and enrich the traditional literary "canon." In accordance with this vision, the Department of English and Foreign Languages has developed a guiding set of specific goals:

Goals of the Department of English and Foreign Languages

  • Students will meet requirements for graduate/professional study and/or other discipline-related careers.
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of language and literature in a variety of courses and activities.
  • Students will demonstrate their competency in spoken and written English.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to understand, interpret and evaluate a variety of oral, visual and written texts (e.g., novels, motion pictures, World Wide Web, media productions).
  • Students will pursue independent study in a variety of scholarly contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness that literary criticism requires an examination of values and attitudes as an important component of intellectual growth, social awareness and moral responsibility.
  • Students will complete courses that reflect social, ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Students will participate in a variety of non-required discipline-related service activities both on and off campus.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic awareness of intellectual thought from the ancient world to the present day.
  • Students will use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.


  • English Arts
  • English Expression
  • English Education--Middle/Secondary
  • Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema Studies