Essential Knowledge

In providing students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education in all its various programs, the Department of English, Philosophy and Film Studies seeks:

  • to provide students with a vital and substantive understanding of the study and analysis of culture through literature, writing, philosophy, and a variety of cultural media
  • to provide students with critical reading and research skills
  • to train students in the kind of analytical, interpretive, and communicative skills that are valuable not only in graduate study, but in any area of management and communications, from personnel to public relations
  • to develop and enhance students’ writing skills
  • as with any liberal arts discipline, to teach students how to learn by developing their critical thinking skills