All students are required to complete a minimum of 4 credits in English to graduate.
The English Department selects classical canonical literature and contemporary pieces to demonstrate reading a text perceptively and to foster a love for and an appreciation of the written word. The department gives students the tools to become critical thinkers who can articulate opinions within the classroom, express their thoughts in their written papers, and add their voices to discussions in public settings. The department works closely to construct the foundation of literary analyses and expository writing.
Each course teaches students to understand better the content and meaning of literature, to construct a cogent argument in a thesis paper, and, ultimately, to evaluate and appreciate literature. Courses focus on literary genres, great writers, major themes in literature, and historical surveys along with the close reading of noteworthy literary passages. Formal and informal essays and research papers also serve as vehicles for intellectual development. Vocabulary enrichment forms an integral part of each course. At the conclusion of her study of English, a student will think critically, write coherently with a developing voice, appreciate fine literature, and be well prepared for the next level of her education.