About this program
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.