Studies in English teach students how to read, and write about, literature's most demanding and rewarding texts. Through the study and creation of imaginative literature, students develop sensitivity to metaphor, narrative structure, literary form, and genre. This awareness contributes powerfully to how we as humans engage with questions of meaning, how we conceive of God, and how we understand ourselves.
Through coursework in English, students learn to interpret literary works, cultivating skills in critical analysis. They learn to communicate their interpretations effectively, and, in creative writing courses, to develop their own literary style. They cultivate empathy, by engaging deeply with texts that uncover the complexity of human life. Studies in English prepare students for careers demanding excellent communication, critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and attention to detail.