The English Department’s passion for the study of literature and the teaching of analytical and creative writing places us at the core of Carleton’s liberal arts curriculum. We value close reading, clear writing, cogent analysis, and rigorous scholarship, essential skills to all fields of study. While covering a wide range of literary topics and global traditions, historical periods, and critical approaches, the department enjoys a lively banquet of intellectual and social activities, including lectures by distinguished visitors, theater trips, student-faculty games and parties, and an annual picnic. The department also leads off-campus studies programs in London, Ireland, and California.