English and Teaching of English majors who matriculated prior to Fall 2019 have a choice between the current English major and the version in effect when they began their course of study.
The English concentration provides a broad base of instruction in literature in English across a range of historical periods and forms. Students in this concentration will study the methods and critical concepts of literary and cultural study, intensify their language and analytical skills, and learn more about the historical development of literature in British, American, and global Anglophone contexts from the medieval period to the present day.
The Topics in English concentration enables students to pursue intensive study in a focused area of inquiry, culminating in a senior capstone project. Based on faculty-wide research strengths, the Topics in English clusters include: 1. Literature & Science (technology, medicine, neuroscience, and the environmental humanities), 2. Media Cultures (manuscript and print culture, visual culture, new media, and performance studies), and 3. Race, Indigeneity, Gender, & Sexuality (RIGS).
The English Teaching concentration leads to a professional educator license to teach in Secondary School. Coursework in this concentration is largely similar to that required in the English Concentration, and it is based on that concentration’s formal and historical goals. Students working toward earning a teaching license are guided toward additional coursework focused on language and composition.
Using a workshop model and small classes, the Creative Writing major prepares students to write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students shape literary voices, evolve a style, and intensify their written, critical, and editorial skills. Students write about what matters most to them and learn about contemporary literary publishing through developing their imaginative, expressive, and dynamic writing.
The English minor offers students who enjoy reading and talking about literature the opportunity to enhance their communication skills through participation in small, discussion-based classes. As they explore a range of literary periods, forms, and topics, students develop analytical and interpersonal skills that can be put to good use in any professional field.
The Creative Writing minor offers a program of small workshops in poetry or fiction along with a variety of other writing, literature, and film courses. Students develop a range of analytical and creative skills that enrich their undergraduate experience and help prepare them for work in a wide range of professional fields.