Program Purpose: Students who complete English courses will be able to communicate effectively using a variety of rhetorical strategies; utilize critical thinking skills through reading and writing; access, evaluate, and incorporate information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; and read literature to inform an understanding of humanity.

Program Description: The study of English offers a basic understanding of reading and writing skills and an appreciation of literature. The more practical skills offered by the study of English -- effective reading, writing and thinking -- are applicable to all education careers and civil responsibilities.


  1. Analyze texts representing a wide range of genres including poetry, drama, fiction, and film.
  2. Synthesize historical, formal, and critical ideas in interpreting a text.
  3. Write well-developed and effectively organized essays including in-class essays, interpretive arguments, and essays incorporating research.