Our faculty publish scholarship and creative works and teach classes that revolve around core humanistic questions. For example, to what extent can we empathize with the point of view of another person or community? How have writers and artists represented good or bad ethical and moral choices? What role should art and literature play in our society or in others around the world? A study recently published in Science shows that reading literary fiction is strongly correlated with increased skills in social perception, empathy, and emotional intelligence—skills that are vital for personal success in today’s ever-changing global world. The English Department fosters these skills and many more.

Undergraduates who have completed the major or minor in English have recently been admitted to graduate and professional programs to pursue further study in literature, law, or medicine at schools such as Harvard, Yale, Duke, New York University, Vanderbilt, Emory, Georgetown, George Washington, Tufts, Pennsylvania State, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), the University of Maryland, the University of California (Riverside and Santa Cruz), and Boston University. Students who have majored in English have also recently been selected to participate in Teach for America and have accepted jobs in fields such as information technology, business, the health professions, publishing, and the film industry.