English Department Philosophy
The English program is designed to improve the students' awareness of the important role that the English language and its literature play in intellectual, personal, and career development. Essential to the over-all program of studies, the English program emphasizes the development of oral and written comprehension, critical thinking skills, and coherence, cogency, and fluency in the expression and communication of ideas.
While the English program stresses competence in skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, it also provides experiences and activities that will help students become discriminating users of print and non-print media. Literary and media works, selected for excellence in both content and style, will promote humanistic attitudes, aesthetic appreciation, multicultural awareness and critical evaluation skills.
The English program encourages the development of each students' individual potential through critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speech, thoughtful decision-making, intellectual risk-taking, and respect for others.