The programs offered by the Department of English provide an opportunity for a truly liberal education, one that encourages both self-discovery and an exploration of enduring ideas. The curriculum includes courses in composition, rhetoric, literature, linguistics, and critical-thinking strategies.
The Department also supervises the First-Year Composition Program, which fulfills the university's General Education Requirement in written communication.The English Department's mission is to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse world. The Department is devoted to an innovative curriculum that encourages lifelong learning, critical thinking, and effective writing. We teach students to see textual work as an engagement with history, convention, culture, and place so that they can participate responsibly in a changing regional and challenging global environment. In particular, the Department is concerned with Alaskan cultures, the North Pacific Rim environment, and the intersection of networked technologies and forms of textuality.
At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the English Department also strives to familiarize students with a full range of literacies - written, digital, and visual - so that they may become active and well-equipped citizens.