The B.A. in English offers a rich intellectual experience through the study of American, British, and other literature written in English. The course of study engages with contemporary modes of literary inquiry in order to arrive at an understanding of how language, culture, and society work. At the same time, it emphasizes the aesthetic, emotional, and intellectual pleasures of imaginative writing. The degree is appropriate for students who wish to obtain a broad liberal education as a foundation for careers or further study, and is especially recommended as preprofessional training for fields such as law, administration, and business that require high proficiency in written and oral communication and in analytical thinking.