The English major provides exciting opportunities for the study of language, literature, and culture. Students are introduced to significant literary works from a variety of cultures, with primary emphasis on British and American texts. Students learn to analyze fiction, poetry, and drama, to write critical papers, and will acquire the basics of professional writing. English majors have the opportunity to polish their craft in a variety of forums: the student literary magazine, Mosaic, the school newspaper, The Voice, and a number of essay contests. A senior research/writing project enables students to pursue a literary topic of interest or to produce a portfolio of creative or professional writing.
Career and/or Advanced Study Options
The English major’s foundation of liberal learning fosters reading, writing, and critical reasoning skills—talents much valued in today’s job market - especially in business, law, education, public service, journalism, advertising, and publishing. Graduates who wish to pursue their studies further have the possibility of continuing in graduate school.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will be able to:
- Write well-formed, persuasive papers;
- Communicate orally as well as in writing;
- Produce creative work;
- Conduct research;
- Analyze fiction, poetry, and drama critically;
- Understand literary voices from more than one culture;
- Actively participate with others in group discussions.
Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (course with the designation of EN) in this major.