By helping students become more thoughtful, responsive, and skillful readers, writers, and thinkers, English courses equip them to consider, register, and engage human experience in all its complexity—to imagine a more just and humane world and contribute to its creation.
The English Department contributes to the Dominican University mission—preparing students “to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world”—through its offerings in three areas of the curriculum: composition courses that meet a Core Curriculum foundation requirement; literature courses that meet a Core Curriculum area studies requirement; and a developmental sequence of courses leading to the B.A. degree with a major in English.
Whether foundational or advanced, all English courses aim to increase students’ understanding of how language expresses and shapes the experience of individuals and groups of people (cultures, societies, and civilizations). Whether emphasizing reading or writing, all English courses aim to increase students’ perception of the layers of knowledge and experience that inform written texts.