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The study of English language and literature is central to the understanding of our culture and our relationship to it. An awareness of our heritage as it is embodied in great literary works provides us with a sense of the traditions, ideas, and rhetoric that have shaped us and our world. This knowledge enables us to define ourselves and our values in relation to this valued past.
The flexibility of the degree in English and the options available in the department enable students to pursue their own interests while acquiring important analytic and writing skills and discovering the riches of our literature. The education English majors receive prepares them for careers in technical writing, editing and publishing, government service, public relations, and teaching, just to name a few.