The English Department is active in the life of Luther College. A highly collegial department, we love to talk. We love conversing over our excellent meals together at department potlucks. We treasure the time we try to set aside in our busy lives to read and discuss each other’s creative and scholarly work, and we get a kick out of our fun social events with students, including costuming up for our annual themed Halloween party and flipping burgers at our fall picnic. We especially enjoy discussing our teaching excitement as well as our departmental goals, as we think about what we aim to foster in our students.
Together we’ve developed a short list of central goals for each of our students—English majors and minors as well as students from across the college—and have expanded that list to a more detailed list of the aspirational goals we have in educating our majors and minors. Finally, we articulate our departmental mission in a longer statement.