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On these pages, you will find information about undergraduate and graduate study, cooperative education in the English department, faculty accomplishments, and much more.

The undergraduate English major is designed to be flexible, immersive, experiential, and consequential. We also have options for an English Minor, a Writing Minor, a Rhetoric Minor (in collaboration with Communication Studies), and a wide range of combined majors, including English and Communication, English and Computer Science, English and Biology, and English and Media and Screen Studies. English majors also have the option of pursuing a Master’s Degree through our PlusOne Program, in which students earn a BA and MA in English in five years. Undergraduates gain cooperative education experience in publishing, teaching, writing for social media, law, and government, among other fields. Please visit the Co-Op Spotlights page to learn more about the program and students such as Matthew Baddour, ’14, winner of an Outstanding Co-Op Award.

Our English alums can be found in those fields where reading, writing, and communicating are valued—in other words, pretty much everywhere! To see specific examples, please go to the Student Pathways section of our homepage, specifically the “next steps” description of each student’s employment or graduate school opportunity post-graduation.

Our award-winning faculty pursue textual, archival, digital, qualitative, and quantitative research in a wide variety of humanities fields, including English and American literatures from the medieval period to the twenty-first century; rhetoric, writing studies, and linguistics; comics and graphic novels; health and disability; community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and experiential learning. The department has particular strength in the fields of American and transatlantic literatures, Digital Humanities, public humanities, and Writing & Rhetoric.

Undergraduate and graduate students are also involved in independent and collaborative scholarly projects ranging from tests of juror’s comprehension of instructions to coding archival documents. Please visit our Research page to learn more.

I hope you enjoy learning more about our people and programs, and I welcome your questions and communications at

Best regards,

Neal Lerner