Our four-year B.A. in English is a dynamic and thematically diverse major that exemplifies the best of 21st century liberal arts. Our faculty have designed an inclusive, justice-oriented curriculum that is both flexible and deliberately “scaffolded,” allowing you to develop your abilities progressively—starting with a series of introductory “gateway” courses in your first year, and featuring cornerstone courses like a junior-year colloquium and a culminating senior seminar. Along the way, you will explore a wide range of courses in creative writing, literary analysis, film studies, cultural studies, visual culture, rhetorical theory, research methodologies and information literacy—all with an emphasis on the ways that creative expression combined with critical thinking can be both personally and socially transformative.
English majors take the eight foundational courses listed below, while choosing one or more of our “concentrations”—Writing, Literature, or Film & Visual Culture—in order to focus your passions and hone your skills. You may also gain academic credit for the various internship, travel abroad, and teaching assistantship opportunities we offer. After completing our four-year degree, you will be well-equipped to pursue any number of professional trajectories—this versatility is partly what makes the English major so attractive. Our recent graduates have gone on to become publishers, lawyers, school teachers, small business owners, university professors, librarians, community organizers and published writers.
All students take each of these intro courses: