Department of English

 Department Chair Dr. Craig Loomis

Studying English literature and language has often been cited as one of the great and noble endeavors undertaken: inspiring and fulfilling. Indeed, in his 1950 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, William Faulkner concluded that, "the poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail." While Faulkner's sentiment still finds sympathy in the department, studying English also has practical and immediate benefits, and the English program is just as committed to the teaching of rigorous analysis, clear and successful communication, good writing, and cultural critique and understanding.

For students majoring or minoring in English, the program provides a sound foundation in the structure of the English language and its literary traditions; it also educates students in the exploration of the relationships of language and literature to the individual and society, and to history and politics. The program also provides a broad range of American, British, and world literature carefully selected by the faculty to include work by women and men of diverse backgrounds, and in a variety of literary forms and periods.

Thus, students’ command of written language, ability to analyze concepts, and broad understanding of human nature and social realities may give a competitive advantage in the pursuit of careers in a variety of fields, including education, media, business, and civil service or, with appropriate graduate work, in professions such as law and higher education.

English Department Mission Statement

In keeping with the American University of Kuwait’s liberal arts tradition, the English department provides students with the ability to use the English language effectively, think critically, cultivate a lifelong process of inquiry, and reach their full potential as creative individuals and engaged citizens. Through its emphasis on developing cultural awareness, rhetorical flexibility, information literacy, and appreciation for literary traditions, the department prepares students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century.

Bachelor of Arts in English