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Department of English & Foreign Languages

Overview

It is a given that English majors like to read.  But English majors are motivated by more than a mere love of reading.  Indeed, they love to read because they love to explore ideas, concepts, end emotions which help them define and understand what it means to be a human being.

Whether it is exploring, in the words of American poet Marianne Moore, "imaginary gardens with real toads in them" or following Matthew Arnold's dictum "to learn and propagate the best that has been known and thought in the world," through their reading English majors enthusiastically evaluate what is important to them by looking at the world around them as well as by looking inside themselves.

If that sounds slightly philosophical and even idealistic, remember too that English is also a very practical major as well.  As you learn to analyze texts as you evaluate and synthesize ideas to discover solutions to problems or answers to questions, you will be gaining a skill that will assist you in any endeavor:  you will be learning how to think critically.