English Literature and English Writing Major

Master the written word and broaden your imaginative capacities through the practice of writing. Foster independent thought, strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills through the study of literature. 

The Experience
Small classes keep discussions open and ideas flowing toward critical, theoretical, and historical understanding. Study the classics and the modern, and put it all into practice in a variety of writing genres. We also place emphasis on gaining real experience through internships. 

The Requirements
From medieval literature to Shakespeare to immigrant women's writing, your course choices will inform your knowledge of the impact of the written word. From journalism to poetry to expository, your writing will evolve and strengthen. You'll complete a writing project for your senior comprehensive.

The Writing
English literature and English writing double majors get the best of both worlds, with intensive and extensive advanced study and practice in expository and creative writing forms. As a result, they develop skill and versatility in a range of genres, voices and styles that adapt successfully to virtually any professional setting or advanced degree program. Your writing will be confident, effective, memorable, well organized and focused, logical and coherent, technically correct, and cognizant of the complexities of the issues you are writing about.

The Results
According to research by the Modern Language Association, an English major is the best preparation for careers in diverse fields: teaching, publishing, editing, service, law, medicine, business, management, journalism, communications, and others.