English and Creative Writing Department
Our full-time and part-time faculty members work together to offer three complete majors, two minors, eight interdisciplinary majors and minors, a range of programs and a master of arts in English. With a choice of in-depth study in literature, creative writing, and cinema and screen studies, our students benefit from our faculty’s pursuit of the ongoing transformations that are the new humanities.
We offer a rich diversity of courses and a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities in intimate settings: big ideas and ambitions in small seminars and workshops, student writing projects for local business partners, film screenings, guest speakers, and performances from visiting writers and artists.
Around the world, people are writing and reading at unprecedented levels. The creators, conditions, and kinds of literature have changed and so have we.
Our innovative and trend-setting curriculum balances a care for the literary heritage of English with the experience of contemporary literary experimentation and interpretative theories. Language and literature open us to one another and to ourselves, and our active and publishing faculty can open you to the social, economic and political challenges of writing and interpretation under new conditions of technology, media and globalization. Questions? Contact Karol Cooper at [email protected]
Recognized as one of the nation’s premiere programs designed exclusively for undergraduates, Creative Writing offers introductory, intermediate and advanced instruction in poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting and creative nonfiction.
Like our faculty, many of our graduates are now practicing and published poets, novelists, playwrights, screenwriters and essayists. But plenty of our alums are also lawyers, teachers, librarians, advertising execs, editors and a host of other occupations – all of them with exceptional writing skills. If writing is your passion, contact Leigh Wilson at [email protected]
Cinema and Screen Studies
The English and Creative Writing Department is home to Cinema and Screen Studies. Study film theory, history, genre, new media and screenwriting with us. Take introductory and advanced film production in our department and in the Department of Communications.
Add a four-course component in visual anthropology and documentary, or political economy and global media, or cognitive science and computer programming, or experimental multimedia, or perceptual psychology and visual culture. Devise a cultural interface as idiosyncratic as you are and enter the culture of moving images–creatively and critically.