English studies provide opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and their cultural environment by investigating literature and language of the past and present, and by improving ways in which they write in every part of their educational experience. From courses in Literature, Writing, Composition, and Film Studies, students can take one of four majors, two minors, and two certificate programs. They may also pursue an Africana Studies–English Literature joint major.
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The Literature Program offers opportunities to study traditional and popular literature and literary criticism, as well as various writing practices in their social and historical contexts.
- Literature program
- Major Requirements
- Minor Requirements
- Africana Studies–English Literature Joint Major
- Children’s Literature certificate
Courses in the Composition Program focus attention on students' own writing and on the diverse situations and uses of written discourse. Its offerings include introductory and advanced courses and specialized courses designed to serve specific career goals.
- Composition program
- Major in Public and Professional Writing (starting in January 2018)
- Public and Professional Writing Certificate
The Writing Program, the oldest and largest creative writing program in the United States, offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing.
The Film Studies Program offers a series of courses in English that function as electives in the literature and writing majors. They also count for the interdisciplinary film studies major (see below).