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About the Department

Turn your way with words into a foundation for your career, from teaching to publishing and beyond. Our academic programs—majors, minors, and master’s degrees—allow you to tailor the study of language and literature to your professional goals. We ask students to think creatively and read critically, taking texts into new and original directions, always supported by small classes and a large faculty with wide-ranging interests and specialties.

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Rich Student Life

Students curate their own literary community, from the writers they host to the poetry they publish.


Faculty-Led Study Trips

Classical drama in Greece? Witch archives in Salem? See where the words were written and stories told.


Flexible Career Foundation

Hone a sophisticated skillset—the ability to reason, research, and write—valued across all career fields.