Why Study English?

With a true appreciation of our diverse world, English majors are prepared to negotiate the problems facing twenty-first-century leaders. The study of literature moves beyond simple awareness of other perspectives and equips students with the skills they need to engage with other cultures. The resulting understanding of humanity and culture is a vital contributor to success in the military profession. The study of literature fosters essential leadership skills including critical thought, clear and persuasive communication, creativity, and ethical awareness. By engaging with the diversity that characterizes the human condition, English majors are ready to solve problems creatively and also to communicate their ideas and solutions clearly and persuasively—talents essential to a meaningful life of service.

Contact Professor Tony McGowan: Gerard.McGowan@westpoint.edu