Our English majors explore with their professors the broad and evolving sweep of English and American literature, honing their critical thinking skills as they go.

English Mission

English supports the mission of the college as a Catholic, liberal arts college embracing the Norbertine tradition of community, committed to providing an educational environment that is intellectually, spiritually and personally challenging. English majors and faculty interact inside and outside the classroom, engaging in conversations about literature, connecting literature to spiritual concerns, and encouraging each other to participate actively in the college community.

The English discipline’s vision is to help English majors become caring, thoughtful citizens. English majors graduate with the knowledge, skills and desire necessary to make positive contributions to the communities they enter.To achieve that end, the English major includes the following:
  • Coverage – students explore the broad canvas of English and American literature, which we recognize as an evolving rather than static body of work.
  • Skills – students practice the essential skills of critical inquiry through reading, analysis, and academic writing.
  • Theory – students learn the debates that frame the study of literature and how to apply theoretical paradigms to readings of literature.
  • Language – students engage in the study of a foreign language.
  • Creativity – students may pursue creative writing.
  • Service – students may serve the college and outside communities through academic organizations and extra-curricular projects.