Mission and Goals


The mission of the English Department is to prepare students to use language-based critical thinking skills as a powerful tool in their public lives (career and world citizenship) as well as in personal enrichment (aesthetic, interpersonal and spiritual concerns). Students develop and practice these skills by reading, analyzing, critiquing, and producing, in both oral and written formats, a wide variety of texts: literature; literary criticism and theory; and business, technical, and government documents.


In English courses, students learn how to:

  • Use literary terms, rhetorical terms and discipline-based vocabulary.
  • Understand and discuss the history and periodization of literature as well as major authors, works and themes in the Western, American and/or world literary heritage.
  • Analyze and interpret literature in various genres from diverse historical periods.
  • Communicate effectively in appropriate genres to solve rhetorical problems.
  • Access and contribute to traditional and emerging forms of media.
  • Identify, locate, evaluate, use and attribute information using discipline-specific tools in the field of English studies.