Department of English
We prepare students to enter fields wherever reading, writing, and communicating are valued.Majors, Minors, & Grad Programs
Dialogues of Civilization
Representing Israel in Law and Literature
in Israel and Palestine
- Was introduced to early modern Irish literature in Prof. Patrick Mullen’s Irish Film & Literature course. Her dissertation topic was inspired by a paper she wrote for the class.
- Had faculty mentors from fields such as Irish culture, early modern literature, gender studies, text encoding, and more to shape her intellectual and professional development.
- Became involved with the Digital Scholarship Group, first as an encoder for the Women Writers Project and then as a project team member with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
- Took on more leadership for the Women Writers Project throughout her program and eventually became their Assistant Director following graduation.
- Found a network of colleagues for research, teaching, and the development of programs in digital scholarship through the larger academic community in Boston.
- Wrote her dissertation on the ways in which early modern writers used medieval legends and forms to construct national identity.
- Currently engaged in research into applying digital tools and methodologies to pre-Victorian texts, with a particular interest in examining how people wrote about the past. ..
- Leah discovered rhetoric and composition studies through coursework with Professors Mya Poe and Chris Gallagher. The lessons resonated with Leah’s passion to help people access and share ideas.
- She researched alongside Professor Julia Flanders for the Women Writers Project, contributing to cultural heritage site work.
- Leah collaborated with the Boston City Archives to digitally transpose texts for the Our Marathon project, engaging in experiential learning as well as shared healing/thinking/grieving.
- After graduation, she worked as an Education and Public Programs Coordinator for an art museum. She is now a university academic advisor.
- Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English for the service-learning course, Boston in Literature.
- She researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago for her final project in Professor Aljoe's Post-Colonial Women's Writers course.
- Savita worked on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival, and created teaching materials for the Early Caribbean Digital Archive.
- She went on co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita served as project manager and curriculum creator for the Early Black Boston Almanac, and EBBDA's partnership with Boston Public Schools.
- She graduated in 2022 and is pursuing a PhD in English.
- Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- She served co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement.
- Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- She took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which furthered her interest the intersection between current events and law.
- Chinma's first co-op was at WilmerHale in a discovery solutions position. During workshops, she would roleplay as a witness in mock depositions to grasp important courtroom strategy and argumentation.
- She performed and competed at the collegiate level as a member of The Interrobang Poets, Northeastern’s slam poetry club.
- Chinma developed her second co-op at Venn Diagram Partners, a diversity, equity, and inclusion firm. She worked with companies to assess and grow their DEI efforts to ensure a successful working culture...
- Laura spent their first semester in London, studying and volunteering at the Charles Dickens Museum through the N.U.in program.
- They took "Technologies of Texts" with Professor Ryan Cordell and learned several markdown languages and R, which they later used during co-op.
- Laura participated in a Dialogue of Civilizations to France and studied French language and film.
- They collaborated with Professor Erika Boeckeler to translate and digitize Northeastern’s only medieval manuscript, the Dragon Prayer Book.
- Laura went on co-op at Cengage and used markdown languages to complete documentation and automate processes.
- Laura's second co-op was at Smartleaf as a Junior Technical Writing and Product Associate, and it furthered their interest in technical writing.
- They graduated in 2019. ..
Welcome to the Department of English
We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities. Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
For undergraduates, the department provides a flexible, intellectually challenging liberal arts experience that will serve as a basis for advanced study, for continuing self-development, and for meaningful employment. At the graduate level, the department enables students to engage in independent scholarly inquiry and impart knowledge about the continually evolving terrain of English literary and writing studies, including emerging areas such as new media and digital humanities.
Schools, Departments, and Programs
Africana Studies Program
American Sign Language & Interpreting Education
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Global Asian Studies Program
Human Services Program
Jewish Studies Program
Philosophy and Religion
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
World Languages Center