About the Program
The English program is designed to help you build a solid foundation of writing, critical thinking, and communication skills that you’ll use as you study literature, media, and culture. In small class settings, you’ll study the classics and the experimental, exploring diverse points of view as you work to define your own personal style. Dedicated professors with expertise in American and Latin American literature, poetry, rhetoric, medieval studies, post-colonialism, and gender theory will be there to guide you every step of the way.
What You'll Learn
- Hone your written and verbal communication skills to creatively and effectively practice writing and revision across a variety of genres.
- Analyze texts and media from a range of periods and genres, developing well-reasoned written and spoken arguments supported by evidence.
- Understand the social foundation and functions of language and media and their effects on communication.
- Explore the relationship between literature and various historical, cultural, and political contexts, including how authors produce and how readers interpret the role of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity in text.
- Read and interpret contemporary literary and theoretical texts in relation to one another with a critical approach.
- Locate, evaluate, and synthesize secondary sources and integrate them with analyses of texts
- Collaborate with other writers to give and receive constructive feedback and to develop interpretations and evaluations of texts through discussion.
- Understand literary history and contexts, demonstrating the ability to make informed connections across them, and the awareness of the width and breadth of English literature.
- Develop self-awareness by questioning biases and embracing diverse perspectives in reading and writing.
Plan of Study
You will choose to pursue the English program through one of 2 emphases, which will determine certain program requirements. Before diving into emphasis specific content, you will start by taking introductory-level courses in textual analysis, texts in contexts, and critical theory, examining texts from diverse authors, nations, and genres as you build a solid foundation in critical reading, thinking, and writing. Then, as you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses within your emphasis.To complete your degree, you’ll participate in a senior seminar with your cohort.
The Literary Emphasis allows you to explore the relationship between literature and various historical, cultural, and political contexts, including the roles of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity in text.
Creative Writing Emphasis
In the Creative Writing Emphasis, you become a part of a community of writers who are focused on poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and screenwriting. Opportunities within this emphasis include attending events in the Ann Newman Poetry Series, participating in workshops with visiting writers, and taking required courses where you will work on publishing the ellipsis... literature and art journal.
Liberal Education Courses
You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.
War on Heaven: Cosmic Rebellion in Literature and Film
By examining creative works ranging from John Milton’s Paradise Lost to the cult classic film, Blade Runner, you’ll explore the aesthetic, ethical, and political implications of rebelling against the very order of the universe.
Literatures of the African Diaspora
In this class, you’ll survey literary texts in English that have been published since 1900 by writers of the African Diaspora, including W. E. B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Chinua Achebe, Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Jamaica Kincaid, and Octavia Butler.
Exploring the Great Salt Lake
Investigate the impact of the Great Salt Lake on literature, art, and historical texts. Through field trips with your classmates, you’ll learn to view the natural landscape through an eco-critical lens, using the Great Salt Lake as your primary text.