The Division of Literature, Languages and Philosophy offers English courses for majors and non-majors.
The English major provides students with a flexible curriculum, designed to provide the training and marketable skills sought by law schools, public relations firms, advertising agencies, and graduate school programs. To that end, the English major develops the writing and textual analysis skills which are crucial to an increasingly information-laden, text-oriented world in which the average employee will change careers at least five times before retirement.
Admission to the English major, and continuation as an English major, are overseen by the English Major Review Committee. Students must be approved to major in English by the Review Committee and the Chairperson of the Division of Literature, Languages, and Philosophy; a student majoring in English who receives grades below a “C” in two English classes will have their record evaluated by the Committee. The Board reserves the right to remove a student from the program if poor academic performance continues.
To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English or a minor in English, a student must be able to:
- Express themselves effectively in written English
- Think critically and analytically
- Demonstrate knowledge of literature representing a variety of literary forms, figures, and periods
- Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of literary analysis and criticism
- Demonstrate general knowledge of the history of the English language and linguistic theories, and standard English grammar
- Demonstrate knowledge of research techniques and use of the library