The IWC English program features:

  • Small, highly-interactive classes which combine the traditions of collaborative textual study and face-to-face discussion with the best of contemporary technologies such as blogs, wikis, and social media to provide a stimulating atmosphere of discovery, criticism, and reflection.
  • Rigorous, ongoing training in the construction of knowledge networks, with a special emphasis on the skills, protocols, and dispositions required for effective network-building in academic and professional settings.
  • Committed instructors who guide classroom communities and provide one-on-one attention to individuals and small groups through conferences and detailed feedback.
  • Team-based tasks which teach students to communicate effectively, define common purposes and expectations, set high standards, and hold themselves accountable to each other and themselves.
  • Research assignments that involve students in active, self-defined investigations enriched by conversations with experts, authorities, and professionals in the field to contextualize and build from their life experiences.
  • Instructional librarians who partner in research lessons to provide hands-on guidance in contemporary information-literacy skills carefully calibrated for each unique assignment.
  • Academic service-learning projects such as the WordUp! Wesleyan, our yearly language arts festival in celebration of National Poetry Month, which extends the study of literature from the classroom to shared projects with community partners such as primary and secondary schools, senior residences, and immigrant service organizations.
  • Active membership in the IWC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, and the production of Design, the award-winning annual student-edited literary arts journal, including the annual Design forum, a public showcase for IWC student writers and artists.
  • Internships which challenge students to apply and refine the skills learned through coursework in real-world situations, expanding their professional networks and invigorating their capacity to connect classroom education to challenging situations in wider communities.

English majors will:

  • Recognize and connect historical and imaginative expressions and linkages among literary periods;
  • Demonstrate professional competence; and
  • Reflect meaningfully on their own work.