In keeping with the college’s Jesuit mission to educate the whole person, the English Department strives to nurture intellectual and spiritual growth through the study of literature and the practice of writing. The department fosters academic excellence through a diverse and rigorous curriculum that serves all students at Canisius. The English department is vitally committed to student learning in the Canisius Core Curriculum. Writing About Literature (ENG 101), a required foundations course in the Core, studies literature as creative expression and builds critical and analytical skills through a writing process that includes a research assignment. In addition, the English department offers a range of literature and writing courses in the Core’s Breadth of Knowledge field for Literature and the Arts (Field 3). These courses, taught at all levels, emphasize the aesthetic value of the works studied. Several English courses also fulfill Core cross-disciplinary knowledge requirements (in diversity or global awareness) and Core cross-disciplinary skills requirements (in oral communication or advanced writing intensive).
The English Department offers two majors: English and Creative Writing.