- Literary Genres: Students will be able to identify the salient features of traditional and contemporary categories of classification of a wide variety of written works, including by not limited to works of poetry, fiction, drama
- Literary History: Students will be able to think critically about approaches to the selection and inclusion as canonical of a wide variety of written works, including but not limited to works of poetry, fiction, drama
- Critical Theory: Students will be able to evaluate and internalize major schools of critical inquiry for application in the textual analysis of a wide variety of written works, including but not limited to works of poetry, fiction, drama
- Rhetorical Theory and Practice: Students will be able to communicate effectively by analyzing, evaluating, and putting into practice both traditional and contemporary theories of composition in collegiate and post-collegiate writing
Major Specific Resources
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"Write with fluency; speak with eloquence; reason with passion; while they are not promises, they are your opportunities through the English program at Simpson. With only a small measure of the aforementioned capabilities, I have been able to reinvent myself and transition between professions in education, banking, and now ministry. When asked how I managed it, I like to esteem my time under the knowledgeable, passionate, and personable professors of the English program at Simpson. The English program at Simpson remains the greatest academic contribution to my professional success and personal happiness—and that is after continuing onto graduate studies and (achieving other) professional certifications.
In banking we are coached to consult clients in medias res (à la Homer's Odyssey)—but only literature majors recognize it. Workplace politics often resemble Victorian satire—but English majors can smile slyly at the occurrence. Reading Melville prepares you for deciphering corporate jargon—but everyone else thinks you just 'catch on quickly.' "
Francisco X. Roliz II, Class of 2003
Currently serving as the Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity Baptist Church in New York City
"As an English major, I was introduced to a broad scope of literature and given the opportunity to develop a thoughtful response to it. I enjoyed having small classes that allowed for in-depth instruction and vibrant discussions. The one-on-one guidance from my professors, especially Dr. Carlisle, really helped build my skills in writing, editing and analysis - skills I use on a daily basis. My degree has been very useful for my career as a nonprofit professional; but my career choice was largely influenced by Simpson's focus on serving others - and it has been an incredibly rewarding path."
- Andrea (Ventresca) Scott, Class of 1999
"During my last year at Simpson I earnestly pursued graphic design, and sought to apply to my art what I had learned from my major. The results astounded me. I was able to convey clearly my intent by applying the major's methods, and people reacted well – well enough to give me a job as a graphic designer for a national company. I've since applied the English Discipline to programming, marketing, and social media. I continue to study branches of English and the liberal arts as an academic exercise. It has been the most relevant pursuit in my life to date."
- Tyler Schuster, Class of 2012