Teaching in the School of English at St Andrews covers writing from Old English up to the present day, in poetry, prose, and in drama; it also teaches Creative Writing. While the St Andrews degree shares many interests with William and Mary, the emphases of the two departments differ. William and Mary has strengths in American literature and offers specialist strands on (for example) African American literature. St Andrews, meanwhile, has interests in Scottish and Irish writing and offers research-led teaching on modules specialist such as 'Romantic Writing and Women’ and early Tudor literature. In general, the American side of the degree has more general components while the British side offers more in-depth study in the latter two years of the programme. On either side of the Atlantic, however, the International Honours degree in English aims to offer students a comprehensive introduction to literary study, to teach effective writing, and to develop skills in critical analysis. In St Andrews, these aims are supplemented by a range of other activities and events including: a rich programme of academic symposia and visiting speakers, the ‘On the Rocks’ student drama festival; dramatic and musical events at the Byre theatre; and the annual StAnza poetry festival.