The Department of English offers a major programs in English and minors programs in English, dramatic arts, and African-American Literature. The department also offers general education course in writing, literature, and African American culture to equip students with twenty-first century skills including critical reading, critical thinking, written communication, and global competence.
Students who major in English learn to communicate well, whether they are writing or speaking. They also learn to read and think critically, becoming skilled at analyzing the way messages in various media are composed. A solid foundation in the “soft skills” of communication, critical reading, and critical thinking prepares English majors for success in areas as varied as law, business, entertainment, marketing, and the arts.
The undergraduate major program in English is designed to accomplish five objectives:
- To provide students with experiences for developing competencies in the process of composing
- To help students acquire knowledge of the English language, its literature and related cultures
- To help students develop skills in analyzing, evaluating and responding to a wide range of literature.
- To help students prepare for careers requiring a high degree of proficiency in writing, speaking, and critical reading and thinking.
- To prepare students to do advanced work in English and other professional fields.
Students majoring in other areas are encouraged to elect any courses within the department which fit their special needs or interests.
Proficiency Examination for English Composition
On the recommendation of a faculty member or advisor, students whose placement scores make them eligible for the Honors Program may apply to be tested for advanced placement in English. Credit, but no grade, will be granted for courses that the department determines may be bypassed.
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