Majors & Minors


Southwestern’s English Department prepares you for a life of engaged, critical thinking by studying the literature and cultures of the English-speaking world.


Helene Meyers

Professor of English & Chair



Helene Meyers

Professor of English & Chair

English (Credit: Southwestern University)

Reading, discussing and writing about texts past and present, students gain a deepened understanding of literature’s role in shaping and reflecting society.  They learn skills of interpretation, analysis, research and writing, whose applications and value span a broad spectrum of personal and professional pursuits.

Students can engage Shakespeare’s tragedies, Hollywood screwball comedies, Chaucer’s verse, Charlotte Brontë’s or Toni Morrison’s fiction—exploring, testing and challenging the complex and divergent perspectives they find.

  • The major in English is part of the Bachelor of Arts program, which includes the option of a paired major in English and Feminist Studies
  • A minor in English can be combined with any major program at Southwestern. 
  • In addition, students seeking certification to teach in secondary schools may choose English as a second teaching field, and those seeking elementary certification may choose an academic specialization in English.


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Sylvia J. Sydow Kerrigan ’86

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Heath Dollar ’92

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Heath Dollar ’92, an educator, musician, and published author, wins the 2018 Texas Observer Short Story Contest.

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Chelsey celebrated Circadian’s release at Book Woman

Chelsey Clammer, SU ‘05, Releases New Book, Circadian, Winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award

“I take a different approach to storytelling, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the critical thinking skills I learned at Southwestern.” - Chelsey Clammer ’05

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English News

When Lizzie Barry ’21 arrived at Southwestern, she already had at least one major goal on her agenda: to study abroad.

A Broad World Experience

Lizzie Barry ’21 relishes her semester abroad in London.

It's lit . . . and film.

News from the English Department

February & March Edition

Dr. Ross takes her Spanish class outdoors. 

The Staying Power of the Humanities

Why a degree in the humanities is just as important as a degree in STEM.