Who We Are

The faculty of the English Department are women and men who love books. We love reading them, and we love writing them. If you love reading and writing, come join us.

Our Mission

The English Department’s mission is to graduate imaginative students of competence and character who are skilled in reading, writing, and critical thinking and knowledgeable in the field of Anglophone literature.

Graduates in English will be prepared to consider fundamental questions of humanity with wisdom, appreciate individual and cultural diversity, and act thoughtfully in their relationship with God, others, and the natural world.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of British, American, and postcolonial literature.
  • Demonstrate skill in textual analysis, interpretation, scholarship, and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing, whether critical or creative.
  • Articulate a mature understanding of the relationship between literature and the Christian faith.
  • Articulate a mature understanding of issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class as represented in U.S. minority literature and non-Western texts, as well as canonical works.