Majoring in English

English Certificate

Overview

Our international curriculum is found at few other colleges and universities. Here, you study English-language literature from all over the world and take courses in traditional and modern British and American literature, African novels and postcolonial narratives from New Zealand, Somalia and elsewhere. Coursework guides you through such subjects as medieval Arthurian romance, violence in Shakespearean drama, black genre fiction, cognitive maps of the world in novels and graphic novels, and narratives centering on the use, reuse and recycling of objects across borders and through time. You can study abroad in England, Scotland or Ireland, but also New Zealand, South Africa or another location. Engaging with English as a global language and literature prepares you to participate in an increasingly global community.

Concentrations

We offer two concentrations: creative writing and race and ethnicity. In addition to the courses required for the major, students in the creative writing concentration take classes in writing fiction or poetry under the supervision of our two writers-in-residence. The race and ethnicity concentration focuses on English-language literature in the context of social and political developments over past 300 years.

After Connecticut College

As an English major, you develop keen critical thinking and rhetorical skills. Some students continue their study of literature at the graduate level or put the skills they've acquired to good use in other post-graduate education, especially law school. Others go on to teach English in secondary schools, pursue careers in publishing, or work as writers, editors and journalists.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in English?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Senior Editor, Atlantic Monthly
  • Author, Writer
  • Attorney
  • Director of Communications, The Bloom Agency
  • Professor of English, University of Connecticut
  • English Teacher
  • Senior VP for Marketing Communications, Fidelity Investments
  • Senior Writer, Business Week Magazine
  • Editorial Director, NickJr.com
  • Senior Assistant Librarian, Berkshire Athenaeum
  • Executive Producer and Writer, NBC's "The Office"
  • Journalist, Associated Press
  • Senior Vice President, Moody's Investor Services
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Connecticut
  • Casting Director, ABC Television
  • Communications Director, TIAA-CREF
  • Curator, Indiana Historical Society Library
  • Business Manager, Southern Vermont Art Center
  • Marketing Associate, L'Oreal USA
  • Stage Manager, WCVB Boston

Faculty

Theresa P. Ammirati, Theresa P. Ammirati,

Theresa P. Ammirati,
American studies • 20th century American literature • Rhetoric and composition • Student special services

Courtney Baker, Associate Professor of English Courtney Baker, Associate Professor of English

Courtney Baker, Associate Professor of English
African-American studies • Cultural studies • Visual studies • Film and new media studies • Literary criticism • Critical theory

Alan Bradford, Professor Emeritus of English Alan Bradford, Professor Emeritus of English

Alan Bradford, Professor Emeritus of English
Literature of the English Renaissance

Denis Ferhatovic, William Meredith Assistant Professor of English Denis Ferhatovic, William Meredith Assistant Professor of English

Denis Ferhatovic, William Meredith Assistant Professor of English
Medieval literature, esp. Old and Middle English poetry • Word and image • Postcolonial theory • Translation

Janet Gezari, Lucretia L. Allyn Professor of English Janet Gezari, Lucretia L. Allyn Professor of English

Janet Gezari, Lucretia L. Allyn Professor of English
English novel since Defoe • Victorian culture, poetry, and fiction • Contemporary fictions

John S. Gordon, Professor of English John S. Gordon, Professor of English

John S. Gordon, Professor of English  (On sabbatical 2014-2015 academic year)
Modern British literature • James Joyce - Finnegans Wake

Charles O. Hartman, Lucy Marsh Haskell '19 Endowed Professor, Department of English, Poet in Residence Charles O. Hartman, Lucy Marsh Haskell '19 Endowed Professor, Department of English, Poet in Residence

Charles O. Hartman, Lucy Marsh Haskell '19 Endowed Professor, Department of English, Poet in Residence
Poetry writing • Modern and contemporary poetry • Prosody (metrics) • Music and poetry • Computer arts

Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English

Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English
American literature to 1900 • Animal studies • Ecocriticism • Food studies • African-American and Native American literatures • Women's literature • Literary and political theory

Michael R. Reder, Director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning Michael R. Reder, Director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning

Michael R. Reder, Director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning
Faculty Teaching and Learning Programs at Small Liberal Arts Colleges • Contemporary recent English and postcolonial fiction and theory • Salman Rushsie • Teaching of writing and tutoring • Professional preparation and politics in the profession

Julie Rivkin, Professor of English Julie Rivkin, Professor of English

Julie Rivkin, Professor of English
American literature • Gender studies and contemporary literature • Literary theory • Henry James

Andrea Rossi-Reder, Associate Dean of Studies, Dean of First-Year Students, Visiting Assistant Professor of English Andrea Rossi-Reder, Associate Dean of Studies, Dean of First-Year Students, Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Andrea Rossi-Reder, Associate Dean of Studies, Dean of First-Year Students, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
The Teaching of Writing • Medieval Literature, including Old and Middle English literature • Writing by and about Women in the Middle Ages • Medieval Bestiaries

Steven Shoemaker, Director of the Roth Writing Center, Assistant Professor of English Steven Shoemaker, Director of the Roth Writing Center, Assistant Professor of English

Steven Shoemaker, Director of the Roth Writing Center, Assistant Professor of English
20th-century American literature • Writing and composition theory • Intersections of literature, technology and science • Literature and film • Critical theory

Jeff Strabone, Assistant Professor of English Jeff Strabone, Assistant Professor of English

Jeff Strabone, Assistant Professor of English
Eighteenth-century British literature • Romantic literature and culture • Literary relations among England, Scotland and Wales • African novels • Race, nation and empire

George J. Willauer, Professor Emeritus of English, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of American Studies George J. Willauer, Professor Emeritus of English, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of American Studies

George J. Willauer, Professor Emeritus of English, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of American Studies
American literature and literary figures, 1890-present • William Faulkner • Emily Dickinson • Robert Frost • Society of Friends

Student profile


Caroline Mills Caroline Mills

English


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: The beautiful campus was a point in Conn's favor, as was the strong academic culture. I really fell in love with the College once I got here, based on the community and the fantastic professors. I can't emphasize the latter enough — I've had so many wonderful professors who are always ready to help, encourage or just chat.


Q: What has been your most challenging/ rewarding class?
A: This is a tough one — I feel like every class I've taken, no matter the subject, has been an important part of my education as a whole. "James Joyce" with Professor Gordon certainly fits that criterion. "Ulysses" is one of those stereotypically difficult texts, but the semester I spent poring over it was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had.


Q: What role has CELS (the College's career development and internship program) played in your experience?
A: I did my CELS funded internship at Quirk Books, a small but popular publishing company in Philadelphia. It exposed me to the world of publishing and gave me valuable experience in marketing and publicity.

Selected courses


  • Icelandic Sagas
  • Bob Dylan
  • Writing the Short Story
  • Happy Endings: Shakespeare's Comedies
  • African Novels
  • Thrills, Chills, and Tears: Black Genre Fiction
  • Race, Nation, and Empire in the Eighteenth Century
  • Love and Sex in the Middle Ages
  • Humans and Other Animals in 19th-Century American Literature
  • The Literature of Passing
  • Vladimir Nabokov

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Student research


Flying in Place: Black Superheroes and Their Origin Stories
By: Kolton Harris '14
Advising Faculty: Courtney Baker

In a Little While: A Short Story Collection
By: Munib Khan '13
Advising Faculty: Blanche Boyd
(Creative work)

Liminal Leda: A Conversation About Art, Poetry, and Vague Translations of Sex
By: Molly Pistrang '13
Advising Faculty: John Gordon

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