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Bucknell’s English department offers three majors: creative writing, film/media studies and literary studies. Each will develop your creativity, critical thinking and keen appreciation of language — skills that translate to job success. Take courses such as Young Adult Fiction, Ethnic Comedy, or Sex & the Single Heroine. Intern at our West Branch literary magazine, write an honors thesis, or share your work in a poetry slam. Enrich your experience with study abroad in locations that range from London to Barbados. Graduate prepared for a career in publishing, film, management, advertising, law, academia and many other professions.

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Bucknell University Press

Bucknell University Press has been publishing in the arts, humanities and social sciences since 1968. Since then it has published approximately 1,200 titles by authors from a wide variety of genres and countries around the world. The press offers a yearlong internship for students interested in learning about the world of literary publishing.

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A Home for the Humanities

Located in the heart of campus, Hildreth-Mirza Hall is the home for the humanities at Bucknell. Housing Bucknell’s Humanities Center, the Bucknell University Press and other humanities-focused initiatives, it offers students a relaxed environment to study in groups or the privacy to work alone. Students from all majors are welcome to use the hall.

Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell offers merit scholarships to applicants who have extraordinary talent in the arts. Students studying creative writing, literature, film/media studies, art & art history, music and theatre are eligible for scholarships that range from $2,500 to $20,000 per year.

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Mission Statement

The English department's dedication to the vital humanistic work of storytelling places us at the heart of Bucknell's liberal arts curriculum. As part of a department that takes advantage of the unique strengths of three programs — creative writing, film/media studies and literary studies — students use the power of words and images to make meaning of human experiences and the natural world. As a department, our faculty and students value and model the necessity of critical thinking and self-reflection.