To study English is to learn the history of the English language and the importance of literature in our culture. Close reading and careful analysis of texts, the ability to write clearly and concisely, and the ability to both make and critique arguments are essential to success not only in education, but also in a wide range of work environments. Even more importantly, English studies promote an active engagement with cultural values by encouraging us to examine accepted truths, and to question and test them as part of our everyday work. By doing so, we foster open debates about power, knowledge, and identity. Such debates are crucial to the ongoing process of developing a culturally diverse society and to understanding the cultural and natural environments we inhabit.
The Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing has been offered since 1979.
Rory Collins, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, shares his UC story.
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