Why study English at Taylor?

As a Taylor English student, you are challenged to engage your faith with everything you read and write. Our faculty are experts and practicing artists, passionate about sharing their love for literature and creative writing.

As a scholar, you will have opportunities to dig deeper into canonical literary works. As an artist, you will be encouraged to experiment and find your written voice.

English majors graduate as effective communicators, storytellers, and critical thinkers, equipped for a wide range of career opportunities.

Practical experience, professional development

  • ParnassusA yearly literary journal where students can submit their creative work for publication, Parnassus is entirely student-run. Every decision—from selecting and editing works to design and layout—is made by a student editorial staff.

  • Making Literature ConferenceEvery other year, Taylor hosts this conference. Students can present creative and scholarly papers, lead discussion panels, interact with nationally-known scholars and writers, and help organize and stage the conference.
  • Writing CenterEnglish students looking for campus employment should consider the Writing Center. Through this academic service, students with distinct strengths in writing can aid their classmates in research paper development, outlining, and revision.
  • Relief Journal: Work on a national literary journal and gain experience editing the works of major poets and storytellers, managing social media, and working on the publication side of creative writing. Relief Journal publishes art, both written and visual, that wrestles with difficult parts of the human experience. Daniel Bowman Jr., Associate Professor of English, is Relief's Editor-in-Chief and leads a yearlong class engaging students with the work of publishing the journal. As a creative writing student, you will have the opportunity to work closely with editors and contributors on this national literary journal. 
  • The Flannery O'Connor Society: Gain research, interview, and writing experience by contributing to The Flannery O'Connor Society's newsletter and blog. Dr. Colleen Warren, Professor of English, is Vice President of the national society and edits its newsletter, providing students a direct connection to the society's work. The society encourages and supports the literary study of Flannery O'Connor and her creative work. It also keeps track of where O'Connor appears in the media and academic journals.

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.

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.