An English Major or Minor enables students to develop expertise in analyzing literature and using language in a wide variety of ways:
* to read with comprehension and critical judgment;
* to study and evaluate literature and other writings within historical, aesthetic, and other contexts:
* to communicate one's ideas accurately and clearly;
* to perform scholarly research and construct persuasive arguments using a variety of sources;
* to craft language in meaningful and effective ways:
* to promote literacy through instruction and other activities; and
* to appreciate the important role that literature and language play in the contemporary world.
The core of the English major consists of four basic kinds of courses in the upper division: literary history courses, literary genre courses, literary seminars, and writing courses.
The Department offers minors in English and Creative Writing
The Department also offers a Teaching Credential Program, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts degree with options in Literature and Composition Theory, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Composition, and a Certificate of Special Study in Creative Writing.