The Department of English offers a strong and diversified major; provides support at all levels for departments, colleges, and programs campus-wide; and serves the community and the region by exhibiting the following characteristics:

  • a commitment to preparing undergraduate and graduate majors whose knowledge of language and literature will inform their intellectual and ethical understanding, and whose communication and critical thinking skills will allow them to contribute to the region and beyond in a variety of careers and positions;

  • a commitment to teaching excellence in all courses by fostering writing and thinking skills in an array of writing-intensive, discussion-oriented classes; by incorporating current technology; and by offering academic assistance to the university community through the Student Success Center

  • on the undergraduate level, a commitment to its role as regional center for academic excellence in literary studies and in composition, with active programs in professional writing, journalism, and creative writing; and on the graduate level, a commitment to its position as the regional focal point for a strong master's degree program, flexible enough to provide more advanced study for those who wish to further their intellectual development and rigorous enough to prepare students for doctoral work and the professions;

  • a commitment to serving the region by providing graduates well-schooled in the liberal arts who contribute productively to their communities and by offering public service through a variety of programs and activities open to the community;

  • a commitment to research, scholarship, and creative endeavors that are professionally valuable, that enhance intellectual development and instructional effectiveness, and that focus on regional needs.