About English at Bucknell
The Bucknell Department of English provides a thorough historical introduction to the traditions of English and American literature, to other national and regional literary traditions in English, and to diverse and multicultural voices and traditions.
Students study a broad range of topics in literature and culture including:
- Caribbean and Irish literature
- literary theory
- African American literature
- gay and lesbian literature
- gender studies
- film studies
- science and literature
- children's literature.
Students in English classes learn to express themselves critically and creatively, developing a sensitivity to language and precision in writing and speech as well as analytical skills that will serve them well in their other university courses and in their professional lives following their education at Bucknell.
English majors learn valuable analytical and communication skills through reading of complex literary texts, class discussion, frequent writing assignments, and oral presentations. Students contribute to literary magazines as well as poetry and fiction readings.
Majors in English find themselves well prepared for graduate school in English and creative writing, for teaching, for law school and other professional schools, and for careers in publishing, management, advertising, and other professions requiring creativity, careful attention to language and critical thinking.