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For Prospective Students

Why We're Different

Strong grounding in critical thinking and communication skills

Excellent preparation for graduate and professional programs

Opportunities for individual research and a wide range of electives

Renowned creative writing and linguistic programs

Prizes and awards for excellence in creative writing and literary study

Our English students gain an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which men and women have represented their worlds, real or imagined, in literature. As members of a lively community of teaching scholars, students engage the richness and variety of poetry, drama, and prose fiction, from the canonical masterpieces of English and American literature to avant-garde and experimental literary works. 

Degree Programs

Course topics range from the Harlem Renaissance to Shakespeare to Romanticism and Revolution. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of English courses.


With a spark of inspiration, an English major can work with a faculty advisor on a unique project in research and/or writing that culminates in a piece of original scholarship or artistic achievement. Some faculty members, especially those in Linguistics, conduct fieldwork and model and analyze data.  


Our graduates have the advantage of skills and flexibility in choosing a career path. Many professions value superior communication skills, convincing arguments, critical thinking, and the ability to craft a clear narrative. Alumni have gravitated toward careers in business, marketing, editing/writing, and teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. Students also pursue graduate-level study in a field related to English, with the goal of entering academia, and complete post-graduate degree programs in medicine, law, and other areas.

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