Studying literature opens your world, introducing you to other cultures, other places, and other times. Reading novels, plays, and poems gives you new ways to see the world and new ways to see yourself. The study of English also includes learning the professional skills—reading, writing, and critical thinking—needed to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.
An English major meets the needs of students who want a general background in the discipline as well as those wishing to prepare for professional or graduate study. English courses complement any field of study that requires the development of good writing and critical thinking skills. Students have used the English major not only to prepare for careers in teaching, law, journalism, publishing, and public relations but also agriculture, business, medicine, counseling, science, and social work.
This course teaches students about concepts of race, gender, and ethnicity in literature. It will explore the representations of women, people of color, and/or LGBTQ people and also include a substantial number of works written by authors form those communities. Topics will vary, and course can be repeated for credit with new themes. Themes may include: “African American Literature Survey,” “How to be a Girl,” or “MLK to Obama: African-American Political Literature.” The course will include regular reading, short weekly writing assignments, and two major essays to meet requirements for a lower-division W course.
An intensive experience in writing poetry, short stories, drama, or other creative genres. May be repeated when topics vary or by permission of the instructor.