The study of the English language and its literature is by its very nature interdisciplinary. The literary genres you can experience in the department of English explore every aspect of the human condition: persons, places, events, situations, and their interrelationships and interpretations.

If you wish to expand upon your major field of study, Connecticut College offers you an unusually wide range of opportunities to explore a topic, issue or problem using the conceptual framework and tools of more than one academic discipline.

You may wish to double major or self-design one in consultation with faculty advisers and the Committee on Student-Designed Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors. You may choose to apply to and earn a certificate from one of the College's interdisciplinary academic centers. Requirements for the certificate programs include a challenging combination of coursework, in-depth research and a funded summer internship in the U.S. or abroad.

The four certificate centers are:

  • Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
  • Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies
  • Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
  • Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)

A fifth center, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, is a connecting point for all of the College's resources for researching and teaching race and ethnicity. Strengthening its relationships with this Center, the English department established a Concentration in Race and Ethnicity, allowing students the opportunity to explore literature in the context of social and political development since the Enlightenment.