Undergraduates who major or minor in English explore literature as both readers and writers in small classes focusing on the individual student. Our department's commitment to blending creative and critical literacy is genuine and longstanding. Home to one of the top-ten MFA programs in the United States, we offer an undergraduate minor in writing as well as a major with a concentration in creative writing. English students frequently participate in poetry and fiction-writing workshops and hands-on classes in advanced rhetoric.
If you are ready to dive in beginning with your first semester, first-year seminars of fifteen or fewer students are led by distinguished faculty on subjects such as immigrant fiction, literature and justice, the invention of romantic love, and the art and business of writing in the age of the Internet. Comparably sized sophomore seminars follow for curious students in their second year. Every semester, we offer a wide array of course topics and intellectual approaches spanning Britain, the United States, and the diverse English-speaking world beyond them.
We welcome undergraduates into a vibrant community of literary readings and discussions and encourage English majors to join our honors society, Sigma Tau Delta. Majors aiming for honors degrees pursue original research through one-on-one faculty tutorials. If you choose to take your love of English off-campus, we sponsor opportunities to study abroad at some of the best and best-situated British, Irish, and Australian universities, Oxford, Edinburgh, Trinity College in Dublin, King’s College in London, and the University of Sydney among them.
While some may wonder what can be done with a degree in English, reading, writing, and reasoning well have never been more marketable, and our recent graduates have found quick success in law, medicine, media, and publishing as well as in teaching, scholarship, and professional writing. If you are curious about your career path, please consult our alumni surveys and stories.