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Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English

The mission of the undergraduate degree program in English is to offer a well-rounded, culturally balanced approach to English Studies through introductory and specialized courses in composition, literature, film, and creative writing. Our program reflects the diversity of our student population, our institutional values as expressed the UH Hilo Strategic Plan, and our location in the Pacific. Our curriculum aims at developing students' critical thinking and writing, strong communication skills, and cultural awareness through the study of literature, composition, and language.

In addition to offering a foundation in the traditional literary canon, the English department is committed to fostering student excellence through a variety of venues such as critical self-assessment, interdisciplinary collaboration, effective student-centered pedagogy, award recognition of outstanding student writing, and career-relevant training in the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate program. Our program goals are to facilitate student success and ensure program quality by responding effectively to institutional developments and social change.

What can I do with an English degree?