Mission and Goals

The Department of English endeavors to prepare students to read and write critically, imaginatively, and effectively. We study the production and reception of texts within contemporary and historical perspectives, reflecting on those texts to cultivate aesthetic sensibility, to nurture intellectual curiosity, and to foster appreciation of diverse views.

In an age of new media and global community, and in concert with related but differently articulated goals of other departments and programs in the university community, the English Department enables faculty and students alike to envision and contribute to potential futures emerging out of an ever-transforming world.

Department Strengths

  • Four undergraduate majors, an MA, MFA, and a PhD program ranked 77th nation-wide, as well as a prominent role in affiliate programs;
  • Distinguished and award-winning faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research;
  • Internships and other experiential-learning opportunities for the future, be it for graduate or law or entry into the work force;
  • Study-abroad opportunities including its Literary London summer program, Luxembourg, and writing center internships at Sun Yat-sen University in China;
  • Advising and mentoring involving all faculty to support student research development and to improve their creative problem-solving abilities; and
  • Active participation by outside scholars, writers, poets, and other lecturers.

Guiding Principles

We, the members of the English Department, strive for deep engagement with the scholarly and creative work of our colleagues and students.

We aspire to create the best possible educational environment for all our students.

We aim to recognize one another’s expertise across programs and disciplines. We seek to cultivate an environment in which we can trust one another.

We value and seek fairness and equity. We strive to share labor in ethical ways.

We value transformative diversity and strive to practice inclusivity in hiring, curriculum, programming, student recruitment and retention, resource distribution, and ongoing support. 

We strive to identify and achieve common goals and to reconcile differences internally. We believe that collaborative decision-making requires diligent effort to understand histories, perspectives, and contexts and to discuss and address them with one another.

We aspire to practice critical self-reflection in order to be challenged, engaged, creative, collaborative, and open to different ways of teaching, learning, and communicating.