English Dept



Why study English at Taylor?

As you can see from watching our videos and looking at our blog, students majoring in English are critical thinkers, effective storytellers and communicators, and have a broad range of opportunities that await them after graduation.

You will get the benefits that come with attending a university ranked #1 in the Midwest eight times in a row. You will join a community that focuses on discipleship and intentional community.

Professional growth and development

  • Parnassus: You will have the opportunity to serve on the editorial staff of Parnassus, Taylor’s annual journal of art and literature.

  • Making Literature Conference: You will have the opportunity during our biannual conference to present creative and scholarly papers, lead conference panels, interact with nationally-known scholars and writers and (via internship) help organize and stage the conference. Submissions are currently open for the 2015 Making Literature Conference. Undergraduate students are eligible to submit critical essays and creative pieces. View submission details.
  • Writing Center: You will have the opportunity to tutor in our Writing Center.

Study abroad programs

January Term Literary London Trip  This trip fulfills a foundational core requirement. Any student from any major may attend, but those who are studying literature would especially benefit from this trip that allows you to travel to York, Edinburg, Stratford-upon-Avon, and many other locations, to study the work of authors like Shakespeare, Jane Austin, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis and others. For more information, please read this story about the 2012 trip.

Oxford Summer Study Program  Watch this video as Stephanie discusses the benefits of the Oxford Summer Study Program.

Lighthouse  Since 1972, Taylor's Lighthouse program has enabled students to gain unforgettable, life-changing experiences during January Term, studying and serving cross-culturally around the world. Recent Lighthouse destinations include: India, the Czech Republic, Paraguay, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Southeast Asia, Ecuador, Singapore, and Thailand. 

Irish Studies Program  The Irish Studies Program is designed for students to expand cultural and spiritual awareness by studying and experiencing the history and culture of Ireland. Irish literature, Irish history, Celtic studies, and Contemporary Ireland make up the core of the program's courses. There is also a special Freshman Irish Studies Program.