English at UM

A common dedication to excellence in reading, writing, and critical thinking holds the many threads of our department together. Our students, regardless of the options they choose, receive a strong foundation in studying both in canonical and noncanonical literatures–taking classes that expose them to texts as varied as Paradise Lost, Bleak House, Love Medicine, Brokeback Mountain, and Midnight´s Children. Through close reading, students learn to analyze a plethora of diverse forms of representation, developing skills that facilitate criticism, creative writing, and pedagogy. These skills also prepare students for the larger challenges that face them in a world where reading, writing, and thinking are integral to almost every profession.