The department of English and Modern Languages teaches students to read, write, and think critically. These vital skills help our students succeed in the twenty-first century workplace, as does the department's internship program in which majors (and minors) can earn credit for work as writers on and editors of campus publications and for comparable work in companies and organizations in the Hartford region. To meet the goals of the program, majors take a required seminar in their sophomore year that is focused on research methods and critical approaches to literary texts. Majors also complete a capstone course in their senior year in which they review theoretical issues currently being raised in the discipline and perfect analytical skills cumulatively acquired in course work in the major.
The department celebrates excellence in writing at an annual Spring Writing Awards ceremony, in which the winners in a campus-wide competition in several writing categories receive cash awards of up to $1,000 each. The department also awards numerous scholarships and prizes to outstanding students, many of whom have gone on to exciting careers in publishing, secondary education, higher education, journalism, and business.
Indeed, English majors are interesting people who go on to do interesting things.