Majoring in English
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.
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:
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.
- 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
"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
"Liminal Leda: A Conversation About Art, Poetry, and Vague Translations of Sex"
By: Molly Pistrang '13
Advising Faculty: John Gordon