Located in one of the
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!
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. 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.
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:
To see what our professors, majors, and alumni accomplish, read our most recent SUbtext newsletter!
We offer degrees in
English/Creative Writing. Both tracks cultivate critical and creative thinking, reading and composition skills, and self-reflection and social awareness.
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
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 literature and creative writing courses, including Medieval Marvels, Travel Writing, Shakespeare, Victorian Detectives, Slam Poetry, The History of the English Language, Multiethnic Literatures of the United States, Graphic Novel, and Modernist Time Machines.
The English Department is pleased to welcome Daemond Arrindell, Kathleen Flenniken, and Maged Zaher as our 2014-15 Visiting Writers. Learn more about them and the courses they will be teaching.