The mission of the Department of English is consonant with the mission of the College, which is to provide solid academic grounding and an education that will enable students after their college years to lead productive and enriched lives. The Department of English works with every student to improve basic written and oral communication and to instill a knowledge of and critical appreciation for literature in English.The Department strives to foster a spirit of inquiry and a habit of reasoning directed toward the discovery of a system of values.

More particularly, the Department assumes a key role in directing the English major to both personal enrichment and a rewarding career. English majors find that training in their academic discipline enables them to excel in many fields such as law, publishing, education, and civil service, library science, business, and journalism. Moreover, the Department offers students interested in graduate programs in English a baccalaureate curriculum that is balanced, historically comprehensive, and rigorous.