The study of literature and composition helps students to acquire valuable interdisciplinary communication skills for a wide range of professions. Classes focus on the pleasures and challenges of reading and writing. Students learn to read critically, to think logically, to analyze and organize a wide variety of concepts, to research and evaluate sources, and to communicate clearly and effectively. Studying literature provides students with strong reading comprehension abilities and inspires cultural, social, philosophical, and historical inquiry. Studying composition teaches students to express their ideas artfully and to integrate diverse perspectives into convincing essays. English majors can apply these skills to a range of professional fields, such as business, advertising, media, law, health professions, and education.
Completion of the following courses normally fulfills the first half of bachelor degree requirements in English. Course selections should be tailored to match requirements of the intended transfer institution.