The English major includes an array of subjects ranging in literary history to film and visual culture, creative and nonfiction writing, rhetoric and literacy, and the digital humanities. We focus on the big picture and the details: close reading skills and critical analysis, how literacy and language change over time, and how social and historical movements are represented in texts. Reading, writing, active listening, discussing, presenting, and debating are foundational activities in our classrooms. Your first courses in the major will introduce you to important writing, reading, and research tools for carrying out sophisticated analyses of literary texts. Some upper-division classes will sharpen these skills, calling upon you to investigate specific authors, historical moments, themes, and theories in longer essays. Other "project-based" classes will ask you to consider new, creative ways of representing literary knowledge in forms well beyond the research paper.
Most English classes are held in Moreland Hall – a historic building in the heart of campus directly across the street from the Memorial Union. There, you'll find classrooms, faculty offices, and a set of cozy gathering spaces including our Smith Media Lab for video projects, podcasts, and other creative endeavors and our Letterpress room for creative printing.