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Department of English
Core Curriculum


The composition sequence is designed to equip students with rhetorical knowledge, technical skill, and critical habits of mind that will contribute to their personal and intellectual development as writers, both in school and across the diverse contexts of work and community life. The two course sequence emphasizes inquiry-driven learning and reflects the belief that skill in writing can be developed through principled study and guided practice.


Students can choose a course sequence in British literature, American literature, African-American literature or world literature. The courses focus on acclaimed works from different times and cultures and provide a broad framework of cultural history in which to read the works. Students will explore methods and assumptions of literary and cultural analysis and develop skills in reading and writing.