A hands-on engagement with textual history, as a student sets type—a technology going back to the mid-15th century
English studies teach you how to read and write about the most demanding and rewarding texts, texts that uncover the complexity of human life. Through the study of English literature students learn to interpret texts, to communicate their interpretations effectively, and, in creative writing courses, to develop their own literary art.
Why major in English at CMU?
The study and creation of imaginative literature makes a unique contribution to the examined life. For example, it teaches sensitivity to metaphor and narrative, two elemental means by which we know of God and ourselves.
Sue Sorensen (English Program) - West of Eden: 'An Extraordinary Place'