Holly A. Laird
Robert A. Jackson
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 English Department. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English is taught by the faculty of the English Department while the Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing, B.A. is interdisciplinary. The Creative Writing major combines courses in English, communication, film studies and theatre. A Creative Writing Minor is also available to students.
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.
- To facilitate student learning by providing knowledge, resources, and challenges for their growth;
- To expose students to unfamiliar literary works (including film, digital media, and other narrative and poetic forms), as well as to canonical or traditional texts;
- To improve student reading, writing, and thinking through careful practice with frequent and substantial feedback from faculty;
- To cultivate in students a strong sense of curiosity and desire to learn; and
- To serve and reach the community through our graduates, programs, events, and continuing education.