Course Overview

Literature exists, says E.M. Forster to “wake us up,” to stimulate, inform, move, provoke us — even transform our world views. English majors learn how to analyze diverse forms of literature with reason, cultural sensitivity, and expressiveness. By practicing close reading skills and innovative research practices, you will also learn to produce your own best writing. English majors better understand their own culture and become critically conscious of literature in a digital era, on a global stage. Practice the craft of writing by taking classes in creative genres (poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction); prepare for global citizenship by taking classes on the cultures of the Middle East, India, Ireland, and Britain; or study venerable and new voices in American letters, including Asian-American fiction, African-American drama, and Latino poetry.

  • Study a complex and interdisciplinary subject that intersects with history, the visual arts, popular culture, philosophy, science, politics, and publishing practices.
  • Strengthen your writing skills through advanced work in literary analysis, creative writing, rhetoric, and professional document design.
  • Work for publishers, museums, nonprofit organizations, and campus offices to gain experience and semester credit through our internship program.
  • Prepare for a variety of careers by mastering close reading and heightened sensitivity to nuanced language, argument, and persuasion.

Course Examples by Year


Intro to Composition: Sherlock Holmes and Adaptation
Introduction to Poetry


Intermediate Composition: Writing New Media
American Dream


Modern India: Literature and Culture
Jane Austen and Film
Toni Morrison


Young Adult Literature
Contemporary Latino Literature
Writing Internship
Senior Seminar


Double majoring: Flexible degree plans make it possible to double major in English and Writing or to add English or Writing as a second major.

Where Graduates Go

An English major can seek careers in publishing, law, journalism, technical and corporate writing, secondary education, and politics. Majors can also enter graduate programs English, creative writing, law, medicine, business, divinity, or public administration.