“Live and love the questions” lies at the heart of the English department’s philosophy of active learning. We emphasize inquiry over answers, investigation over conclusions. Students participate in and lead discussions on literature, examining concepts and craft in classic and contemporary works. From Southwest literature in seventh grade to world literature senior year, we offer students a wide range of opportunities to explore cultural perspectives, styles, and visions, as well as issues of personal and social identity.

The English program is writing-intensive: students are asked to express their ideas through analytical essays, personal narratives, journal writing, in-class reflections, short fiction, and poetry. Ultimately, our goal is to graduate students who are skilled in reading critically, writing articulately, thinking independently—and who understand the profound connection between literature and their lives.