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Mission Statement

The Department of English promotes scholarly and creative discovery within FAU’s uniquely diverse community. English study trains students in textual analysis, communication, and critical thinking, thus preparing our students for any job requiring imaginative thinking, analytical thinking, and/or communication skills. These jobs exist in numerous fields, including, but not limited to: business, publishing, marketing, advertising, teaching, public relations, law, technical and professional writing, public radio, and medicine.

We encourage our students to make original and important contributions to the discipline and develop their own analytic and creative voices through innovative assignments, research papers, one-on-one interactions between faculty and students, and significant feedback on student work, enabled by our small classes and rigorous instruction. Our faculty’s creative activity and groundbreaking research model a culture of investigation for our students while expanding human knowledge and enriching the arts. Additionally, the Department of English plays a dynamic role in the community, providing a hub of intellectual and cultural activity in South Florida.

What You Gain as an English Major 

English majors learn to decode language, to manipulate language, to love language and to sometimes do battle with it.

You’ll read and you’ll write a lot, and you’ll get substantially better at both.

You can expect to have your knowledge of classic and contemporary literature expanded, but you may also find you form, and re-form, your own perspective on ethics, identity, politics, history, economics, aesthetics, and many other subjects. 

As an English major you’ll develop your skills in verbal expression, particularly written; learn pattern recognition; improve your ability to give and receive critical feedback; enhance your capacity to recognize and reject clichés and stereotypes; and potentially gain experience, not only in academic writing, but in professional and technical writing. These skills--as well as an expanded imagination, the habitual practice of empathy, and the ability to recognize and create art--are ones that will not only pay off in the workplace, but also enrich your daily life. You will be able to engage more productively in social and political discourse and citizenship, you will be able to revel in a good book, and you will be in a better position to get a job that keeps you housed, fed, and contributing to humanity. 

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The Department of English proudly fulfills its mission through excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement and distinctive cultural alliances, all within an environment that fosters inclusiveness.



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