The Department of English offers courses in literature, creative writing, and film/ media. Students in our classes learn to express themselves critically and creatively through engagements with text, writing, and visual media.

The Major in English

English majors deepen their imaginative and creative capacities; they acquire valuable critical thinking and communication skills. Students enjoy a range of opportunities to extend these skills in and beyond the classroom, including internships, digital media projects, editing and publishing, conference presentations, creative performance, publication, study abroad, and independent research.

Concentration in Literary Studies

Learn more about coursework requirements and literary studies faculty.

Concentration in Creative Writing

The Concentration in Creative Writing combines courses in literary studies with a series of courses in creative writing. This option allows students to learn to write creatively and artistically while encountering models for good writing through the study of literature.

Learn more about coursework requirements and creative writing faculty.

Concentration in Film/Media Studies

The Concentration in Film/Media Studies applies traditional literary practices of close reading and critical thinking to the realm of film and media. This option allows students to learn about film and media practices through historical study of American and world cinema, theoretical analysis, and creative production.

Learn more about coursework requirements and film/media studies faculty,

The Minor in English

Two minors are available in the English Department:

  • minor in Literary Studies
  • minor in Creative Writing

Details for both minors can be found in the Course Catalog.

Honors in English

The student, under the guidance of a faculty member, undertakes a specifically tailored sequence of courses and independent work culminating in an honors thesis, evaluated by a panel of three faculty members. Students may also write a departmental thesis without applying for Honors in English. Students writing theses should enroll in ENGL 379 Senior Thesis during the semester in which they plan to complete the thesis.

For information on teaching English and communication in secondary school, see Professor Saundra Morris.

Culminating Experience

In addition to completing a body of specialized coursework, students in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete an approved culminating experience in their senior year. The successful culminating experience draws together a student's disciplinary experiences and provides a more coherent appreciation of the major's academic discipline. All English majors complete The English Experience: a Culminating Experience. Current students can learn more about this at


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