Language shapes our ideas about the world and our place in it. Your passion for language, literature, and the power of the word will be cultivated in our English Department
You will be guided to open your mind to deeper levels of language, literature and composition. You will discover the power of words to change the world.
You will hone your skills to express your insights in reasoned and well-crafted oral and written communication – skills valued by employers.
You will develop your intellectual curiosity through the works of Shakespeare and Chaucer to literature of the modern world.
You will recognize the power of great literature – and how it speaks to you.
The Department of English fosters intellectual inquiry into language, literature, composition, and aesthetics. As a dynamic community of teacher-scholars, the English faculty is committed to teaching students to engage in rigorous analysis of a significant body of literature; to learn the uses of language and the rhetorical purpose and structure of texts; to understand the importance of diverse historical and cultural contexts; to appreciate the philosophical and ethical implications of literary portrayals of human behavior; and to take pleasure from the power of the literary arts.
Through courses in writing and literature, students learn the skills necessary to express their insights in reasoned and well-crafted oral and written discourse. They learn to be creative, independent, ethical, and flexible thinkers, and to experience university as a gateway to the joys of lifelong learning.
(Revised, February 2013)
Core Courses in Writing
ENG 120: Communication Skills: Writing I
By the completion of this course, students should be able to:
- write clear, well organized, mechanically correct expository prose
- construct a clear, focused thesis and choose and produce an appropriate organizational structure, for example, comparison/contrast, process analysis, inductive or deductive argument, or persuasion
- approach writing as a process that includes pre writing, drafting, and revising
- demonstrate mastery of the conventions of standard written English, including grammar, syntax, punctuation, and usage
- use the skills of basic research. Students should become familiar with general electronic databases and print reference works such as The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature and The Humanities Index. They should be able to locate information; summarize, paraphrase, and quote from their sources; acknowledge those sources fully and correctly; synthesize material; and integrate information, as illustration or evidence, into a short research paper that presents their own ideas and arguments on a topic.
Miles Beckwith, Ph.D.