Literature is the most synthetic, inclusive, and flexible form for the representation of our species. It shapes the ways we understand and imagine the world. Reading literature has a lasting impact on people's lives. At times more powerful than science or the rhetoric of public debate, literature can transform how you think and who you can be. In studying literature we recognize cultural legacies, question and interpret the syntax of a culture, and craft creative visions of the possible. We invite you to explore our department's offerings. The work you do in English will alter how you see yourself, open new worlds, and profoundly imprint any path you pursue.