The study of English is more than grammar, punctuation and the canon of classic literature.
At Emmanuel, students studying English are offered an expansive, inclusive and thoroughly modern program with concentrations in literature, writing and literature, and communication and media studies. Students who major in any of these departmental programs study the process by which we derive meaning from a variety of texts that are written, oral, visual or multimedia in nature.
Throughout history, the written word has been used as a powerful tool to affect change in society. John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath led to new legislation benefiting farmworkers, while Betty Friedan galvanized the women's movement with The Feminine Mystique.
Therefore, the guiding principle behind all concentrations in Emmanuel's English program is rhetoric-that is, examining how we use language to influence the beliefs, attitudes or emotions of various audiences. Students who major in English reflect upon, analyze, and interpret literature and film, presenting their analyses in clear, cogent writing.