The Department of English offers two distinct but complementary concentrations, both of which provide a unique perspective for studying and creating literary texts.

Literature Concentration

The literature concentration provides a comprehensive background in American and British fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Its curriculum fosters the critical skills English majors need to succeed in their studies, featuring discussion seminars and lectures; these courses emphasize the traditions, movements and influences that have inspired and challenged writers throughout history, as well as the cultural context essential to understanding that history.

Writing Concentration

Students develop their creative fiction, nonfiction and poetry writing skills, with an opportunity to specialize in one or two of these genres. The writing concentration combines workshops and seminars to build a curriculum in which students learn about writing from the inside out – becoming not only consumers but savvy producers of literary texts.

For both concentrations, the major culminates in a senior seminar project that students complete during their final semester. Graduating students produce a major written project and present their work publicly in a year-end symposium. These capstone projects, like the majors themselves, prepare students for success in a variety of careers, including graduate programs.