Creative Writing

Take part in workshops in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Let literary texts inspire your writing journey. Connect with living writers through reading series and internships.

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Film/Media Studies

Apply the traditional literary practices of close reading and critical thinking to the realm of film and media. Learn about various practices through historical study of American and world cinema, theoretical analysis and creative production.

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Literary Studies

Take courses in global English literatures, from medieval poetry to postmodern theory. Grow as a critical writer with skills in literary rhetoric and poetics. Learn about cultures. Participate in research projects, honors projects and internships.

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From Beowulf to Toni Morrison, from eco-poetry to Hitchcock films, the texts and images that we read help us to find wisdom across cultures, communicate what we know, initiate change and create the images and texts of the future. || Why English?

Bucknell’s English major offers three majors: creative writing, film/media studies and literary studies. || View course requirements

Opportunities & Achievements

Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell offers merit scholarships for applicants with extraordinary talents in the arts.

  • Awards are available in art & art history, creative writing, dance, film/media studies, literature, music and theatre.
  • Awards range from $2,500 to $20,000 per year.
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Bucknell University Press

Internationally distinguished in Luso-Hispanic, Latin American, Irish, and eighteenth-century studies, Bucknell University Press has been publishing in the humanities and social sciences since 1968, and we number among our authors scholars from a dozen different countries and from across the USA, including the Bucknell campus.

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Becoming a Leader

Alex Rosen '16

Alex Rosen '16

"The people I’ve met at Bucknell have inspired me to have confidence in my own strength as a leader within my majors, activities and other passions."

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The outstanding achievements of students during the first year, sophomore, and junior years are recognized each fall during Family Weekend. Seniors are celebrated during Commencement Weekend at the President's Senior Award Ceremony. 

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Confused about a reading? Need another set of eyes on your writing?

Talk to the English graduate students in the British and American Literature Lab.

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Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

Michael Drexler

Professor of English; Director of Graduate Studies in English

Michael Drexler

"I feel obligated to make my work accessible and interesting to students. If I can articulate terms, concepts and theories to them in a way they can understand, then I feel I'm doing well."

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Shara McCallum

Professor of English; Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry

Shara McCallum

"I love that I am able to contribute in different ways to Bucknell to help our community be a beacon for intellectual enterprise, artistic expression and curiosity."

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Carmen Gillespie

Professor of English; Director, Griot Institute for Africana Studies

Carmen Gillespie

"The literature that most moves me are the works that help us to not be confined by the experiences we've had, but to imagine something greater."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Complement your English major by spending a summer, semester or year abroad exploring the culture, traditions, language and literary style of another country.

Recently, English majors have studied in London and Barbados.


Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects

Students have many opportunities to work with professors and pursue scholarly and creative projects. Often this work culminates in an honors thesis. Recent honor thesis have included:"Global Readers: Woolf on the Russians, Emerson on the Persians" and "Taking the Stand: Meditations on Suffering."



Internships prepare English majors for career success by providing firsthand experience in the field. Recently, English students have interned with Goldman Sachs, People Magazine and CBS News.

West Branch, a nationally distributed and widely respected literary magazine published at Bucknell, offers internships to two Bucknell students each semester.


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