We study language and literature, exploring the human condition through invention, interpretation, and critique. Through research and teaching in English, we frame questions about human experience, deepen understanding of the written word, and solve problems creatively. Our goal is to illuminate the meaning of cultural traditions and the everchanging world around us.
Classes in the English department are small. You'll spend quality time with our award-winning faculty. The Center for Rhetoric in Society is hosted here, offering research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. Our speaker series bring prominent writers and critics to campus. We support the hypertext journal of creative writing and art, The New River Journal, and are the institutional home of Noemi Press. We also support the undergraduate magazines Silhouette and Brush Mountain Review.