Welcome to both undergraduate students and graduate student taking courses or majoring in English. We are excited about the semester ahead and about the may engaging and challenging classes being offered. You, like every employer, politician, and citizen are clearly aware of the value of the Humanities in general, and of English. A recent article in the Atlantic, "The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts," underscores how important your humanities education is in our culture. In your case, we know that it is an education that you will treasure.