English Department
  • Located in one of the most literate, smartest, greenest, most caffeinated, and all-around best cities for young people, near the heart of downtown, within walking distance of jobs, and a stone's throw from cinemas, theaters, cafes, and restaurants, the Department of English welcomes you to its diverse community of readers, creative writers, literary scholars, filmmakers, and cultural critics!   

    We offer degrees in English, English/Creative Writing, and Film Studies.  Our professors are committed to your intellectual and creative development.  In the Jesuit tradition, we are committed to your personal and professional formation as well.  For information about our curriculum in English and the major in Film Studies, please use the menu on the left. 

    In English and English/Creative Writing, we have designed our courses to open your mind, ignite your imagination, strengthen your critical and creative powers, broaden your literary and historical understanding, and promote powerful encounters with the world that will deepen your commitment to social justice.  English majors have the opportunity to supplement their coursework with cross-listed offerings in Film Studies, and vice versa.

    As an English major, you'll benefit from award-winning teaching in seminar-sized classes, careful advising throughout your degree, and workshops preparing you for careers and graduate school.  You'll also encounter opportunities to:

    • submit your creative work to our magazines Fragments  and Axis , or serve as an editor;
    • present your scholarly work at undergraduate conferences  where our majors have won prizes;
    • get credit for internships  at a business or non-profit organization.

    To see what our professors, majors, and alumni accomplish, read our most recent SUbtext newsletter

    Why pursue a degree in English?

    The major in English is excellent preparation for careers in law, journalism, advertising and marketing, technical writing, video games, media, and many other fields, as well as for advanced degrees in literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, women and gender studies, cultural studies, teaching, and other disciplines in the humanities.  For more on why employers prefer students from English and the Humanities, click here.  

    The faculty and students in English belong to a discipline that remains at the heart of a liberal arts education.  Together, we aim to cultivate

    • The power of expression, in all its variety;
    • The pleasures of reading complex literary texts, visual images, performance works, and cultural objects;
    • Different kinds of literacies (e.g., understanding cross-cultural rhetorics, reading images and visually-constructed meanings, and developing technological/informational fluency);
    • Critical inquiry, analysis, and argumentation, which are fundamental for virtually all intellectual pursuits and many kinds of careers; and
    • Creative thinking, reflection, imagination, and insight.

    These strengths, skills, and abilities continue to make English not just a mainstay of core education in general but also a major asset on your professional résumé. 

    The faculty in the English Department have worked together to design a coherent course of study. In addition to the carefully-sequenced classes in literary, cultural, and social history, you will have the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses, including Medieval Masculinities, Shakespeare, Victorian Detectives, Hauntings in American Lit, Ecocriticism, and Modernist Time Machines.