The English Department is divided into two subunits: Language and Literature. The Language subunit focuses on expression in English, training students to write clearly and effectively. Style and diction are emphasized and coursework involves the application of these elements in essays, debates, orations, fiction writing, and other work. The Literature subunit aims to cultivate an appreciation for the great works of literature written in English. Coursework in the Literature program emphasizes the fundamentals of literary criticism, with the goal of training students to achieve an intelligent understanding of the most important features of literary works.