Strategic Plan for English

Context for Planning

The English Department is a large and complex department with three undergraduate major emphasis areas (English Language and Literature, English Secondary Education, and English Language Arts), three minors (English Minor, English Teachable Minor, and Applied Linguistics Minor), and two graduate programs (the MA in Literature and the MA in Applied Linguistics). It is also a department that participates in a large selection of interdisciplinary majors, minors and certificate programs across the university. The English Department strengthens the liberal education of students by developing a deepened understanding of language and literacy, the value of critical reading and effective writing, and the richness of literature, past and present. Our strategic plan for 2016-21 outlines our plans to continue to provide a rigorous educational experience within and beyond our own degree programs and to engage all students in high-impact learning opportunities.


We seek to foster knowledge and a love of literature and of language in our students. To this end we will provide students in all emphasis areas with a coherent curricular framework and relevant, well-structured course choices. We will teach a variety of literary, analytical, pedagogical, and theoretical skills. We will teach students to speak, read, and write effectively. We will encourage students to think deeply and to reflect on what they have learned. We will encourage a love of learning and an appreciation for a liberal education.