Robert A. Jackson
Holly A. Laird
Applied Assistant Professor
For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of English, visit the Department of English Language and Literature webpage.
Two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees reside in the Department of English Language and Literature. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English is taught by the faculty of the Department of English while the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in creative writing is interdisciplinary. The creative writing major combines courses in English, communication, film studies and theatre. A minor in creative writing is also available.
The aim of the undergraduate majors in English and creative writing is to educate students in literature and language and in the practice of writing, and to enhance their understanding of the tradition of liberal arts. The major develops the ability to understand and appreciate literature in its historical and cultural contexts, to read closely and analytically in a broad range of texts, and to write about language and literature with clarity and precision.
The English core emphasizes basic experiences of the literary tradition in England and America and introduces students to critical methods and theoretical approaches to literary study. On this foundation, English electives focus on literary periods, major literary figures, the several genres of literature, and the nature and history of the English language. Work in related areas such as foreign languages, philosophy, history, film studies, and creative writing is encouraged. The overall aim of the program is flexible, yet directive and cumulative, and provides broad opportunities for professional as well as personal post-graduate application.
- Develop greater familiarity with literature in the Anglophone world.
- Develop critical writing skills.
- Learn to analyze, interpret, and contextualize cultural texts critically.