English Major

Exploring English

Students who appreciate the power of well-told stories and enjoy reading and writing should consider majoring in English. As an English major, you will dive into literary works from around the world and across time, interpreting cultural and symbolic significance. You will learn to analyze classic and contemporary works of poetry, drama, fiction, and creative nonfiction and put what you learn into action.

English majors have access to a plethora of opportunities that translate into resume-building experiences. Submit to or participate in the production of Parnassus (literary journal), the Relief Journal (national art and faith journal), and The Echo (student newspaper). Host, facilitate, and present academic papers at the Making Literature Conference and the C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium. Help fellow students improve their academic work as an editor with the Writing Center, or dig into literary research with the English faculty.

See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Bowman, Creative Writing professor, discuss the broad opportunities you will have with an English degree.

English Major Concentrations
Taylor’s English program offers three major tracks: Creative Writing, Literature, and English Education.
  • Creative Writing Concentration
    With a Creative Writing concentration, cultivate your understanding of both the art form and the cultural impact that writing develops in artistic and philosophical contexts. Creative writing courses explore various writing types and allow you to refine your written voice; create original works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; and articulate your unique perspective.
  • Literature Concentration
    Develop your skills of literary analysis and critical writing with a Literature concentration. You'll read extensively, learn the cultural contexts of various classical and contemporary literary pieces, and closely examine historically significant American and global works. You will participate in scholarly conversations surrounding how different authors influenced their surrounding society and were influenced by their location and era.
  • English Education
    In addition to English classes that will develop your writing and literary analysis skills, you'll also take courses to prepare you for running a classroom. Education courses provide practical training in educational psychology, classroom management and discipline, and assessment methods for middle and high school classrooms. You will also be trained in varied approaches to teaching English and engaging secondary education students in English literature and creative writing. English Education majors complete a semester of full-time student teaching during their senior year.

English Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the English and Modern Languages Department

Dr. Nancy Dayton, English and Modern Languages Department Chair

Pamela Pegg, English and Modern Languages Program Assistant