The undergraduate English program promotes the development of students' analytic ability and critical understanding of language and written texts in English as well as their ability to compose texts in various genres through the study of literature, linguistics, and rhetoric and composition. The program prepares students seeking entry into post-baccalaureate degree programs, as well as careers that require language and writing expertise, such as law, business, teaching, technology, and the sciences.
The program offers a major in English, curricula for middle school and secondary English certification, and minors in English and Creative Writing. It also participates in the interdisciplinary minors of Technical and Professional Writing, Journalism, and Women and Gender. Upper-level courses in composition and rhetoric, linguistics, and literature may satisfy requirements for other disciplines and serve as electives for non-majors who wish to improve their analytic, writing, and technical skills and to broaden their experience in the liberal arts.