About the Department

The English Department combines the traditional study of literature with current developments in rhetorical, cultural, and new media work. In addition to analytic and historically-grounded courses in British, American, and Anglophone literatures, offerings include theoretical and linguistic approaches, the study of film and graphic novels, ecocriticism, literacy studies, medical discourse, digital rhetoric, creative writing, and more. Our students are not only scholars and critics; they are producers and practitioners as well. Majors have the option to complete their English degree with a Creative Writing Focus, honing their craft in small workshops, while analytical courses may incorporate both traditional essays and creative or non-traditional assignments, including portfolio development and the use of digital tools. Our priority is to foster the critical thinking, effective writing, and intellectual adaptability essential to students' individual development, civic engagement, and success beyond the degree. English graduates pursue a wide range of graduate programs and career paths, including law, publishing, business, education, news media, government, philanthropy, and much more. As a complement to study in English, the Department strongly encourages its students to obtain speaking and writing competence in a foreign language (consult with adviser).

A student who successfully completes a major in English at the University of Puget Sound is prepared to

  • Read perceptively and critically:
    • recognize and characterize different literary and rhetorical styles
    • apprehend the relationships between aesthetic form and content
    • pursue connections between texts and their political, social, and cultural contexts
  • Write with clarity and sophistication:
    • conduct scholarly research and write original, self-directed projects that integrate multiple texts
    • analyze texts critically across genres and media
    • respond appropriately to the unique demands of different writing situations
  • Speak persuasively and from a position of knowledge:
    • approach literature from perspectives of both craft and analysis
    • engage ethically with a diversity of perspectives
    • present academic research orally and engage in relevant scholarly discussion

The English Department's website includes more information about the curriculum, professors' expertise and interests, careers open to English majors, and our alumnae.