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English Department

The English department serves the liberal arts in three ways: through our major in English and American literature; through general literature courses; and through our emphasis on writing, in both specialized writing courses and throughout the English curriculum. The literature and film courses aim to acquaint students with significant films and works of "literature in English" to increase students' understanding of literary and visual techniques and effects, and to enhance enjoyment of literature and visual media through developing students' ability to read, discuss, and write about them.  The writing courses-journalism and creative writing-are workshops designed to develop strength and imagination in written English, fundamental to any course of study.  All English courses encourage the examination of human experience through the medium of written language as well as through other visual media.