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We are a community of scholars, artists, and students dedicated to the study and creation of literature in English. We choose to immerse ourselves in the language’s rich and varied literary tradition, its long history and expansive present, because we believe literature is synonymous with good—ethical and pleasurable—living. Reading, we encounter other people and ideas across time and space. Writing, we give clarity and shape to the world and our experiences of it. These intellectual values are reflected in how we teach and learn. Our faculty devote individual attention to each and every student, and our consistently small classes become intimate intellectual communities in their own right. Join us!


  • I found that classics and English have a lot to do with each other, particularly for someone interested in creative writing. It’s important to know about different cultures and the myths and stories that have influenced and inspired classical writers in the past. I have found that every piece I have read has a connection back to the beginning of literature.

    Laura Everson BA ’22
    Sitka, Alaska
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  • No matter what happens, things will always work out for you in the end. It may take time, and I cannot guarantee that it will work out the way you expected, but if there’s anything college has taught me thus far, it’s that you will be just fine.

    Tuse Mahenya BA ’21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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  • The liberal arts allows students to be more than just whatever major or minor they have chosen. It means math majors transforming the creative writing program, and English majors taking Organic Chemistry.

    Ciara Orness BA ’22
    Thousand Oaks, California
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