Office: Humanities Center, Room 242a
Chair: Kathleen Forni, Professor
Professors: Carol N. Abromaitis (emerita); David C. Dougherty (emeritus); Jean Lee Cole; Juniper Lee Ellis; Kathleen Forni; Robert S. Miola; Mark Osteen; Thomas E. Scheye
Associate Professors: Bryan L. Crockett (emeritus); Melissa A. Girard; Giuseppina Iacono Lobo; Paul Lukacs (emeritus); Gayla McGlamery; Nicholas A. Miller
Assistant Professors: Stephen Park
Lecturer: Sondra Guttman; Erin Wilson
The chief goal of the English Department is high literacy, which means more than just the ability to read closely, write eloquently, and speak clearly. It means being fully at home with language, being able to enter into critical dialogue with the writers we read, and being able to use our native language to organize and present our own thoughts and feelings.
Courses in the English Department introduce students to a variety of the most excitingly literate men and women of the past and present. These courses aim to train the student to read accurately and imaginatively, to think critically, to write clearly and forcefully, and to enjoy the potential for creative play afforded by our rich and complex language. They cultivate habits of critical inquiry, serious reflection, aesthetic appreciation, and considered response. Critical writing is a key component of practically every English course.
In addition to the goals for the core program, all of which apply to the major program, the English Department sets the following as goals for its majors:
- Students will develop a basic knowledge of literary history, including an understanding of how authors write with an awareness of those who have written before them and how works of literature affect and reflect the cultural environments in which they are written.
- Students will recognize that texts can be approached in multiple ways.
- Students will learn to write about literature with precision, depth, and clarity, especially by structuring cogent and persuasive written arguments using the skills necessary to both primary textual analysis and academic literary research.
- Students will develop a lifelong habit of reading literature for the pleasure of intellectual and emotional engagement by cultivating their understanding of the ways diverse works speak to us personally and directly.