The English major guides students through the reading, analysis, and interpretation of powerful and beautiful works of literature. Students engage in close reading of literary texts, write significant interpretations about a text's implications, and create oral presentations establishing a thematic link between texts and works of art from the same cultural era. Best of all, students have the opportunity to share appreciation of great works with a community of fellow students and enthusiastic faculty in this popular and useful major.
The abilities to analyze content, engage in critical thinking, consider alternative audiences, and communicate gracefully in a variety of oral and written forms help prepare our majors for careers in advertising, writing, editing, publishing, law, education, content management, public relations, media communications, grant writing, and project management.
- Interpretive Skills - the ability to interpret written texts and understand how literal, figurative, and implicit meaning is created in literary texts.
- Theoretical Analysis - scholarly research skills and the ability to wield relevant critical/theoretical lenses and secondary sources in support of an argument.
- Rhetorical Competence - advanced proficiency in rhetorical skills, including mastery of scholarly writing conventions.