The department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees as well as minors in English and in Philosophy. In addition, the Department offers four certificate programs, in fields such as Philosophy in Science and Technology, and Writing and Publishing, to enhance the academic skill set of students across the University. The Department further develops and supports the reading, writing and critical-thinking skills of all Drexel students through the First-Year Writing Program. Creative writing, literature and philosophy courses are offered as both electives and required courses to complement a variety of programs across the University. These courses provide ongoing experience in reading, writing and critical thinking beyond the freshman year, and allow students to expand their cultural horizons.