The English department offers a wide range of courses--small and large, introductory and advanced, undergraduate and graduate. All of our courses focus on the pleasures and challenges of reading, interpretation, and writing. Ranging from Anglo-Saxon texts to works written in English across the globe today, from epic to film, graphic novels, and sound poetry, our courses cast a wide net in order to expand and deepen our understanding of what counts as "English literature."
Students majoring in English may elect a creative writing emphasis or a literature, criticism and theory emphasis. All majors take courses introducing them to the literatures of various periods and places, to critical reading skills and effective writing strategies, to theory, and to frontiers of literary expression and critique, such as the relationship of literature to environmentalism or the emergence of new media. The creative writing emphasis focuses on fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writing. The literature, criticism, and theory emphasis focuses on advanced critical analysis and research. All majors have the opportunity to work with distinguished writers, critics, scholars, and teachers.