Faculty of Architecture and Planning
PhD Degree Program
The Study of English includes both analysis of texts and awareness of contexts. The texts proposed for analysis in various English classes w ill range from the traditional to the contemporary; English is a discipline that can and does adjust to include wri tings by Tomson Highway, Toni Morrison, and Chinua Achebe alongside works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, and the rest. The wide range of humanexperience represented in these texts can provide the student with what Kenneth Burke has called "equipment for living." In more practical terms, the discipline of English fosters the development of various human skills: it requires the student to think, and to use language with clarity, judgement, and imagination.