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Academic Requirements

The English Department's main goals are to teach skills in critical thinking and textual analysis, to provide familiarity with literary works central to Western cultural traditions, and to develop students' knowledge of and appreciation for major traditions of world literature.

Prospective students are invited to contact English faculty to learn more. Enrolled students planning to major in English should discuss their goals with English faculty on a regular basis; those with an official advisor in another department need to meet with an informal English advisor every semester. Students considering graduate study should consult with an English advisor early and often.

The department publishes an English Handbook that offers information and advice on many topics including employment, planning a major, considering an honors project, and preparing for graduate study.

Click here to view the English and Creative Writing requirements and course descriptions (PDF).