The study of
English engages students' responsive and analytical
abilities, refines written and oral expression, and fosters
creative and critical thinking about literature across
cultures from ancient to contemporary times.
The major in English is a versatile degree,
valued in the growing segment of the job market where critical thinking,
clear communication, and writing skills are a priority; for these same
reasons it is also a recognized gateway to many professional graduate
programs such as law school and medical school. Students who enjoy
literature and are interested in growing as a writer will find a major in
English both an enjoyable and a marketable degree.
This program acquaints students with a wide
array of literary works as well as thematic, critical, and cultural
perspectives that will enable graduates to teach literature and writing in
diverse contexts. A major feature of the program is the Teaching
Composition course and the opportunity to work as a Writing Center tutor,
an experience highly prized by those involved.
This is a program with a tradition of
excellence in which students have the opportunity to work with all genres
of literary writing: poetry, fiction and nonfiction, from beginning
classes through intermediate and advanced. Students become familiar
with a wide array of writing, both published work and peer review.
Publishing Arts major provides students with unique,
hands-on opportunities in publication design (for both books
and journals) as part of the Talking River
Publications and Talking River journal. These
opportunities create work-force skills in editing, project
supervision, graphic design utilizing up-to-date technology,
business communication and organization, critical evaluation
of written works, distribution and sales. The
Publishing Arts major provides students a dynamic exposure
to literature, creative production, and work place