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The English Department prepares Providence students for the next phase of their lives, whether it is the university, military, or the workforce.  We inculcate much-needed communication skills, both oral and written.  Our mission extends far beyond merely developing skills.  A primary role is to foster our students’ appreciation of literature as an expression of the human condition, of the human spirit.  It is through our understanding of great literary works – from both the past and the present – that we come to a better understanding of ourselves.  It is through reading these works that we can touch other minds, transcending both time and distance.


  • Our students will develop a life-long enjoyment of reading.
  • Students will appreciate literature as an expression of the human spirit.
  • Students will understand and appreciate various literary genres.
  • Students will understand and appreciate our literary heritage – and the literary heritage of other cultures.
  • Students will see the connections between culture, history, and literature, and students will see the relevance of these connections to their own lives.
  • Students will develop critical thinking and reading skills through literary analysis, research, and composition.
  • Students will develop their use of language (oral and written) as a means of effective communication (for a variety of purposes and audiences).
  • Students will develop the effective use of language (oral and written) as means of critical analysis and reflection.
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