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Experiential learning for undergraduates in Northeastern’s English Department encompasses a wide variety of activities, from scholarly research (independently, as part of classes, or with faculty mentors), to tutoring and other service-learning opportunities, to career exploration through co-op, to study abroad for a semester or a year.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for through these links, speak to an advisor or to the department chair.

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    Service-Learning. The Writing Program in the Department of English provides students in First-Year Writing (FYW) and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) with many service-learning and community engagement opportunities.  Interested students should contact the Director of the Writing Program, Professor Mya Poe (

    Writing Program Service-Learning

    Monee Neal, Human Services BA '17, presents research on tutoring and mentorship in 826 Boston’s Writers’ Room.

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    Global Opportunities. Take advantage of Northeastern’s global opportunities, including Dialogue of Civilizations led by English department faculty, traditional study abroad semesters all over the world, and global co-op experiences, such as teaching English as a Foreign Language in China. For more information about Dialogues and Study Abroad, visit the Global Experience Office or our homepage. For information about global co-op experiences, contact the English Department Cooperative Education Coordinator, Lisa Doherty (

    Global Experience Office
    Recent Dialogue of Civilizations Offerings
    • Ireland, Literature, and Film
    • Cinematic South Korea
    • New England, Old England: Coast, Country, City
    • Multiple Narratives in a Contested Territory (Israel & Palestine)

    Summer II 2019 - Professors Somy Kim and Melissa Pearson pose with students on the Cinematic South Korea dialogue.

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    Cooperative Education. Cooperative education (co-op) is a signature component of the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics. As an English major, you have the opportunity to take your reading, writing and critical thinking skills outside of the classroom and apply them in a wide variety of co-op work settings, such as publishing, law, arts & media, nonprofit work, science, and education. Conversely, you connect your co-op experiences to the academic setting through guided, ongoing preparation and reflection. For more information, contact the English Department Cooperative Education Coordinator, Lisa Doherty (

    Co-Op Spotlights

    Jillian Ferrari (BA '17) works alongside a colleague as a Games Brand Writer co-op for Hasbro.

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