Through courses in literature, film, poetry, culture and creative writing, our students learn to read closely, think critically and write well. Our faculty incorporate an increasing number of perspectives and traditions into their teaching and research.
Using a variety of texts, this course will work to develop the reading and writing of difficult prose, paying particular attention to the kinds of evidence and authority, logic and structure that produce strong arguments.
After COPS: Police, Media, and Prison Abolition
This course asks what needs to be abolished—not just canceled—in our media environment in order for us to imagine a world without prisons.
Major Explorations: English
Welcome to the English Department
We teach students how to analyze, critique, and create work in all different media and modes. We teach poetry and film, novels and television shows, drama, memoir, digital culture.
Prizes & Awards
Our department offers annual prizes for student essays, poetry, fiction and other writing.
A Major Change
The English Department ends its comp exam, and launches a dynamic student symposium instead.
For some six decades, each senior English major, in order to graduate, had to pass the department’s Comprehensive Exam. Until something better came along.Read more about the Symposium