English Language and Literature

The English department offers a broad and flexible program of courses that are central to a liberal arts education while offering students the opportunity for personal enrichment and a variety of career possibilities. The department offers degree programs in creative writing, literature, and English teaching, as well as a range of courses in linguistics. Students who combine an English major with substantial work in other disciplines will find the knowledge and communication skills acquired in their work in English a valuable asset as they seek entrance into a wide range of fields that include communication, education, government, law and business.


Students must file a declaration of English teaching major with an assigned English-education advisor at the time they apply to the teacher education program. A 2.500 grade point average in English is required of all majors applying for admission to the professional semester of student teaching in middle and secondary school English.

Minors in English Language and Literature

Courses in English Language and Literature

Note: Courses numbered 000–099 do not count toward any degree program.