The English studies major provides students with an understanding and appreciation of the English language and its most important texts. This understanding and appreciation is built on the foundation provided by survey courses in American (both ethnic and mainstream), British and world literatures. In these courses, students gain knowledge of literary forms and the cultural and historical circumstances that these forms and their interpretations shape and reflect.

Courses focusing on linguistic structures, rhetorical devices and composition (both technical and creative) ensure that all English studies majors complement their knowledge of literature with the equally important understanding of the language in general. Supporting course work in communication studies, other languages and philosophy links the knowledge students gain in their English studies courses with larger cultural concerns. Ultimately, TLU English studies majors graduate with a useful balance of broad literary and cultural knowledge and a more focused, in-depth concentration of a specific writer, period or genre.