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:
- Compose literary, expository, and creative texts using the conventions of standard English as stylistically appropriate, while showing a nuanced use of language (producing a text may include invention, workshopping, research, compiling biographies, drafting, peer responses, revising and/or editing);
- Analyze texts from American and British traditions, including prominent authors, genres, literary movements, and styles using primary and secondary sources, as well as the historical and cultural contexts important to those traditions;
- Compare and contrast the literature of one’s own culture with that of another;
- Develop analytical perspectives and sophisticated vocabularies that are valued in a multitude of professions, careers, disciplines, and/or graduate study.