The Department of English offers three distinct but complementary concentrations, the Comparative Literature and Culture Concentration, the Literature Concentration, and the Writing Concentration, all of which provide a unique perspective for studying and creating literary texts. Central to these programs is our belief that the close study of literature offers great pleasure and intellectual challenge. Among these rewards students gain greater understanding of the power of literary language and thought, the rich diversity of the literary traditions and the cultural contexts of literary production. Intellectually, students will mature as readers, thinkers, researchers, and writers. Ultimately, students in the Comparative Literature and Culture Concentration, the Literature Concentration, and the Writing Concentration are able to engage in analysis and discussion, make sense of complex literary texts and write with acuity and critical self-awareness.