The English major has three options: the General Option which allows students to focus on the study of literature; the Creative Writing Option, which allows for students to learn the craft of composing original creative writing; and the Secondary Education Option which prepares students to earn certification to teach high school English in Pennsylvania. All options offer students the opportunity to study literature in an interdisciplinary context where the relationships among literature and art, history, music, philosophy, media, and American Studies can be investigated. The major offers courses in American, British, and world literatures, emphasizing their cultural and historical contexts, as well as teaching students to interpret them from a variety of critical perspectives. Small classes in both creative and expository writing encourage students to develop their writing skills by working closely with faculty. The English program has several organizations that offer students involvement in the discipline outside the classroom. This program has been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Secondary Education Option earned National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) approval.