The English program nurtures students' creative, critical, and analytical abilities with regard to poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction. In so doing, the program develops students' appreciation of writing as an art form, providing the opportunity to explore and examine the full range of human experience. The objectives of the program leading to a Bachelor of Arts with an English major are to prepare students for graduate or professional studies and careers that demand a sound background in literary studies, analytic reading, and writing skills.
The English program supports the English Club, which focuses on social and community service activities; a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society; and the University literary magazine, Aulama, published annually.
The writing concentration provides students with the study and practice of various forms of written expression and practical publishing experiences.
Literature and Criticism
The Literature and Criticism concentration emphasizes a historical knowledge of western literary history as well as familiarity with diverse interpretive approaches.
Drawing upon literature and writing coursework, the Teaching concentration prepares students, in part, for a career in English education at the secondary level. In addition, the recommended courses offered for this section assist the students in preparing for the English Language, Literature, and Composition component of the PRAXIS exam.