The Joint Degree Programme in English provides distinctive opportunities for the development of writing skills, increased sensitivity to language, awareness of the aesthetic and intellectual enjoyments of literature, and an understanding of the cultural values reflected in literature. You will explore a range of historical periods and critical approaches to literature. You can also choose to take creative writing classes.
Many students choose English simply because they enjoy the disciplined study of literature and language. The program also well prepares students who are planning for graduate study in English or in professional fields such as law, medicine, education, and business.
All English majors in the joint program have the opportunity to work on an independent research project as part of their degree. You will either write a dissertation at St Andrews or take a senior research seminar at William & Mary. A student who chooses to spend Year 4 at William & Mary may qualify to work on a senior honors project either in literature or creative writing.