"What do you read, my lord?"

"Words, words, words."

As Hamlet's reply to Polonius amply indicates, we live in a world of words - written, spoken, read, recited, analyzed, debated. In the English department, students learn to appreciate the inherent value of reading and writing, to value the beauty and power of language. At the same time, our students are trained to sharpen their skills for an ever-competitive job market by developing the ability to write clearly and persuasively, to think critically and creatively, and to engage in thoughtful analysis, skills that are essential to success in our contemporary, global marketplace.

While there are many ways to pursue English studies, we have some basic goals that apply to all of our many, varied programs. These goals include the ability to:

  • Read, analyze and interpret texts, including imaginative literatures, in their relevant cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts.
  • Compose texts for a range of audiences and purposes, using effective rhetorical approaches and appropriate media.
  • Demonstrate information literacy, such as recognizing the need for sources and locating, evaluating, and using the needed information.
  • Employ knowledge of disciplinary methods and standards common to English Studies.