During the past 20 years, the study of literature has undergone many changes. For a start, scholarship now encompasses not only traditional genres--fiction, drama, and poetry--but also other kinds of texts, such as film, archival documents, media productions, and much else besides. In response to these new materials and to ever-burgeoning approaches to literature and culture, the department has devised a major that encourages students to examine literature's relationship to its intellectual and artistic traditions, as well as to history, philosophy, culture, and related fields. Students taking our courses have an opportunity to study verse and fiction, as well as to practice writing clear, effective expository prose. The English Department is not doctrinaire, promoting one approach or ideology, but is pluralistic and takes pride in the variety of emphases and perspectives it teaches.