Literature and writing fundamentally shape how we understand ourselves and the world. How do we plume the mysteries of ourselves, our cultures, our histories, and other people? We listen to their voices in poems and in stories. And we learn to make meaning of those voices by writing our way through to understanding.
Jessica Gallus '01, Strategic Studies Fellow at the U.S. Department of Defense
I learned how to think critically as an English major. Not everyone knows how, and when colleagues find that you can offer a different perspective, you become an invaluable resource. Being an English major helped me to challenge the status quo.