Dec 04, 2023
Office: Humanities Center, Room 242a
Chair: Kathleen Forni, Professor
Professors: Carol N. Abromaitis (emerita); David C. Dougherty (emeritus); Jean Lee Cole (emerita); 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; Gayla McGlamery; Nicholas A. Miller
Assistant Professors: Stephen Park
Lecturer: Victoria Barnett-Woods; Brett Butler; Sondra Guttman; Sarah Ingle
The chief goal of the English Department is high literacy: the ability to read critically, write eloquently, and speak clearly. Introducing students to the most excitingly literate men and women of the past and present, we aim to cultivate habits of considered inquiry, serious reflection, and aesthetic appreciation. The English major develops skills that employers increasingly desire: effective oral and written communication, the ability to analyze and synthesize information, imaginative and creative capabilities, and an awareness of the diversity of human experience.
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:
- Acquire a basic knowledge of literary history—how generations affect each other, and how authors write with an awareness of those who have written before them.
- Understand different literary genres and forms and the aesthetic dimensions of literary texts.
- Recognize that texts can be approached in multiple ways.
- Understand how works of literature reflect their own times, engage great moral issues, and advance or undermine justice.
- Understand how works of literature challenge readers to recognize difference, build communities, address racial, social, and economic inequities, and participate critically as active members of society.
- Develop habits of reading for both pleasure and intellectual edification.