The mastery of English forms the heart of a strong college preparatory program and of a liberal arts curriculum.
The English department challenges Emma Willard students to read and analyze works of literature ranging from Homer’s The Odyssey to Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Books from the traditional canon of Western civilization are juxtaposed with works representing the experience of other cultures. In addition to extensive work in vocabulary, grammar, and expository writing, students learn to craft personal and creative pieces. The English department provides the groundwork for university study in writing and literature and develops students’ skills as artists.