About the Program
The English program is designed to help you build a solid foundation of writing, critical thinking, and communication skills that you’ll use as you study literature, media, and culture. In small class settings, you’ll study the classics and the experimental, exploring diverse points of view as you work to define your own personal style. Dedicated professors with expertise in American and Latin American literature, poetry, rhetoric, medieval studies, post-colonialism, and gender theory will be there to guide you every step of the way.
What You'll Learn
- Hone your writing and communication skills across a variety of genres.
- Analyze texts and media, developing well-reasoned literary critiques.
- Understand the social functions of language and media and their effects on communication.
- Explore the relationship between literature, history, culture, and politics.
- Examine the role of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the production and interpretation of texts.
- Develop self-awareness by questioning biases and embracing diverse perspectives in reading and writing.
- Interpret contemporary literature on your own and through theoretical discussions with your classmates.
Plan of Study
You’ll start by taking introductory-level courses in Textual Analysis, Texts in Contexts, and Critical Theory, examining texts from diverse authors, nations, and genres as you build a solid foundation in critical reading, thinking, and writing. As you move through the program, you’ll be able to choose elective courses ranging from Medieval Literature to Screenwriting, and specialize in either Literary Studies or Creative Writing. To complete your degree, you’ll participate in a senior seminar with your cohort.
War on Heaven: Cosmic Rebellion in Literature and Film
By examining creative works ranging from John Milton’s Paradise Lost to the cult classic film, Blade Runner, you’ll explore the aesthetic, ethical, and political implications of rebelling against the very order of the universe.
Literatures of the African Diaspora
In this class, you’ll survey literary texts in English that have been published since 1900 by writers of the African Diaspora, including W. E. B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Chinua Achebe, Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Jamaica Kincaid, and Octavia Butler.
Exploring the Great Salt Lake
Investigate the impact of the Great Salt Lake on literature, art, and historical texts. Through field trips with your classmates, you’ll learn to view the natural landscape through an eco-critical lens, using the Great Salt Lake as your primary text.