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Mission Statement

Based on its commitment to the values of the humanities, the faculty of the Department of English teaches analytical reading and critical, creative, and professional writing as forms of art, as sources of pleasure, as a means of understanding diverse peoples and cultures, and as practical, marketable skills.

Through close interaction with written, oral, and digital texts, students develop as critical thinkers and writers to become producers of knowledge. Through close interaction with peers and faculty, and active engagement with a variety of publications and professional experiences, students learn the value of creating texts and, in turn, become thoughtful members of our global community.

Studies in English prepare students for professional, business and teaching careers, for law school, for graduate study in English and other disciplines, as well as for a lifetime of continual engagement with language and literature.