The English faculty is committed to fusing liberal arts and professional programs in an effort to serve the needs of students and nurture a community of learners. They undertake the task of giving English majors a critical understanding and appreciation of literature and the development of the English language. Students are taught to read a text critically and how to respond intelligently in writing. Graduates are prepared to use the English language effectively and creatively. In addition, the faculty fosters the recognition that writing and reading are ways to explore the human condition as well as learn and develop personally.