Program Details

Our four-year degree is a dynamic and thematically diverse major grounded in justice-oriented pedagogies that promote equity across all genders, sexualities, races, classes and abilities. 

Our inclusive curriculum exemplifies the best of the 21st century liberal arts, combining a love of learning with the cultivation of practical skills that will lead to successful professional trajectories after graduation.  

Students can pursue pathways through the English major that focus on creative writing, literary studies, cultural studies, rhetoric, visual culture, research methodologies and film studies—all with an emphasis in the potential for language and creative expression to make the world, and our own communities, more equitable, more humane and more just. 

Your courses in the English major fall into three broad areas: foundation courses taken by all majors, concentration courses that focus on your particular passions and commitments, and electives that expand your knowledge on specific topics. 

Foundation courses (24 credits)

All majors take the following eight courses. 

  • Introduction to Mass Media  
  • Introduction to Literature
  • One of the following Language Studies courses:
    • The Power of Words  
    • Global Anglophone Language & Literature
    • The Story of English
    • From Semiotics to Significations
    • one 200-level or above foreign language course
  • Texts in Context (Select one of many courses)
  • Diverse Voices (Select one of many courses)  
  • Any advanced writing course at 200 level or above  
  • One of the following literary survey courses:
    • British Literary Survey
    • American Literary Survey  
    • Global Anglophone Language & Literature
  • Senior Seminar  

Concentration courses

Beyond the foundation courses shared by everyone, you select a concentration. Discuss which concentration best meets your interests, talents, and career goals with your advisor.


Departmental Electives (6 credits)

You complete your major with additional courses that broaden your perspectives and allow you to delve more deeply in areas of personal interest.

Working closely with your faculty advisor, you may choose the electives that allow you to branch out in a new direction or which enrich your readiness for post-graduate success.
For example, if you have a concentration in Writing, you might choose: 

  • Two more courses in Creative Writing, such as Travel Writing, Fantasy, Hybrid Poetics, or Playing with Memoir  
  • Two courses that prepare you for the world of publishing and editing, such as Small Press & Indie Lit and Publication Design and Typography  
  • Two Journalism courses in our Communications major
  • Two courses in the field of Visual Studies, such as Intro to Visual Studies, MASS MoCA Immersion, or Filmmakers and Filmmaking