Jun 15, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of English Language and Literature

Laura Stevens

Jennifer Airey
Dennis Denisoff
Lars Engle
Robert A. Jackson
Holly A. Laird
Sean Latham
Laura Stevens

Associate Professors
Jeffrey Drouin
Grant Jenkins

Assistant Professor
Don James McLaughlin

Applied Assistant Professors
Sara Beam
Mark Rideout

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 taught primarily by the faculty of the Department of English, with its interdisciplinary character reflected through cross-listings with media studies, 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.

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  1. Develop greater familiarity with literature in the Anglophone world.
  2. Develop critical writing skills.
  3. Learn to analyze, interpret, and contextualize cultural texts critically.


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