Alex Rosen '16

Becoming a Leader

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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Do I need to take ENGL 101 if I want to be an English major, or ENGL 106 if I want to concentrate in creative writing?

No. If you have fulfilled your W1 requirement and feel confident about your reading and writing skills, you should begin your studies in English with a 200-level class.

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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Words, words, words. From the immortal works of Shakespeare, to LGBT poetry, to hip-hop lyrics and Hitchcock films, texts and writing are our way of communicating, understanding and challenging each other, putting forth new ideas, expressing ourselves and initiating change.

At Bucknell you can concentrate on literary studies, creative writing, or film and media studies. Learn from award-winning writers and respected scholars who will see to it that you grow intellectually. Whether your career plans include writing, acting, academics, medicine or advertising, you'll impress with your analytical skills.

Did You Know?

World-renowned writers visit Bucknell to share their insights. Past visitors include Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and Salman Rushdie.

Students study a range of topics in literature and culture, such as Caribbean and Irish literature, literary theory, African American literature, gay and lesbian literature, gender studies, film studies, science and literature and children's literature.

Students publish in literary magazines and participate in poetry and fiction readings.

Three concentrations: literary studies, creative writing and film and media studies. Three minors: American literature, British literature and creative writing.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

Anthony Stewart

Professor of English

Anthony Stewart

"I want students to get away from the 'right vs. wrong interpretation' that's so common in secondary education. To do that, I try to create space for students to be part of meaningful conversations."

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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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Greg Clingham

John P. Crozer Professor of English; Director of Bucknell University Press

Greg Clingham

"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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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.


Places I've Been

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