Majoring in English
Our English curriculum covers the globe and the centuries: everything from medieval Anglo-Saxon epics to 21st-century African novels. We sharpen minds and unleash imaginations. By reading a wide range of texts critically and imaginatively, you develop writing, thinking and speaking skills that will serve you throughout your life and in any line of work. Our courses examine works of literature and other media in their most important contexts: historical, cultural, linguistic, socio-political and philosophical. You also have the opportunity to study abroad in one of many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, India, Italy, Denmark and New Zealand, and we welcome double majors.
You may additionally choose to concentrate in creative writing or the study of race and ethnicity. We also offer a wide array of interdisciplinary courses that combine literature with environmental studies, film, gender and women's studies, history, linguistics, music, Slavic studies and other fields of interest. In recent years, students have had an opportunity to interact with outstanding visiting artists like Art Spiegelman, David Sedaris, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu.
After Connecticut College
As an English major, you have a wide range of career opportunities because the creative and analytical skills you acquire are transportable and adaptable. Our majors become physicians, choreographers and Hollywood show runners, as well as writers, teachers and lawyers. In graduate school, they go on to study everything from public health, international relations and business to creative writing, education and law. Whatever your interests, you gain an understanding of human culture and the skills that empower you to succeed in a competitive world.
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.
- Writing the Short Story
- Love and Sex in the Middle Ages
- Nomads, Shamans, and Mystics: Imagining Central Asia
- Jews and Moors in Renaissance Drama
- Thrills, Chills, and Tears: Black Genre Fiction
- Race, Nation, and Empire in the Eighteenth Century
- Humans and Other Animals in 19th-Century American Literature
- African Novels
- The Literature of Passing
- Vladimir Nabokov: Mandarin, Magician, Ecrivain