The English Department serves the university and surrounding communities with courses required of every student or designed to meet a Liberal Studies requirement or specialized on the undergraduate or graduate levels. Students discover values that inform literary works and theories that shape their interpretation; they come to a clearer awareness of their own values, and to a fuller recognition of individual moral agency and the discovery of a stronger individual voice.The department also serves as a regional and cultural resource, organizing a reading series, teaching through External Studies and Continuing Education, serving as editors and consultants, providing both leadership and expertise to campus groups and programs, to Tri-College institutions and to a variety of people, agencies and communities throughout the region, the state, the country, and the world.
The English Department offers a number of majors for undergraduate students who plan to earn B.A. or B.S. degrees, as well as several minors. In addition, students can choose an emphasis in Literature or an emphasis in Writing. The department also offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and participates in the Master of Liberal Arts degree as well as a licensure program in English as a Second Language for post-baccalaureate students.
The English Department offers nine scholarship awards for academic excellence. Eligible candidates must be majoring in English and maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants should also have sophomore standing. One application is to be submitted for all nine awards; committee members will designate the appropriate award. Please see the Scholarships section for more information.