The English Department promotes critical thinking, historical awareness, and effective communication through the study and craft of reading and writing. Our primary focus is the investigation and production of texts typically considered literary, but we maintain a more capacious definition of "texts" by including the study of rhetoric, theory, film, and visual images as they intersect with and inform the field broadly known as English Studies.
Whether exploring literary texts, rhetorical and critical theory, visual media, or creative writing, English Department courses enhance students' ability to see the world as writers of other times and cultures have viewed it. Many of our courses consider the ways texts respond to and shape specific rhetorical and cultural contexts. In addition to analyzing the writing and ideas of others, students learn to communicate clearly, persuasively, and imaginatively while writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Our courses provide students with an enduring humanistic education, as well as the analytical skills and writing ability that engaged civic participation requires. Many English majors proceed to graduate study in English or creative writing, education, law, or other disciplines, and many others enter careers in business, journalism, the non-profit sector, or government. As a complement to a major in English, the Department strongly urges its majors to obtain speaking and writing competence in a foreign language.
A student who successfully completes a major in English at the University of Puget Sound is prepared to
The English Department's website includes more information about the curriculum, professors' expertise and interests, careers open to English majors, and our alumnae.