Majors & Minors
Engage in critical thinking and improve your communication skills by studying the literature and cultures of the English-speaking world.
Professor of English Michael Saenger brings his English class outside.
English students enjoy small class sizes.
Meet your English Department Faculty: Professor of English Eileen Cleere, Associate Professor of English Jim Kilfoyle, Professor of English Michael Saenger, and Assistant Professor of English Rebecca McWilliams Evans.
Storytelling is a powerful means of representing ways of thinking and being, teaching cultural norms, sharing ideas, and, of course, entertaining audiences. In turn, the practice of reading, discussing, and writing about texts past and present deepens our understanding and appreciation of literature’s role in shaping and reflecting society.
At Southwestern, majoring or minoring in English opens doors to a range of worldviews and experiences. Here, you can
- analyze Shakespeare’s tragedies on the page and on the stage
- view world cinema or Hollywood romantic comedies with a more critical eye
- discuss the representation of gender in Restoration drama or Romantic verse
- explore the complex and divergent perspectives in the fiction of Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Chinua Achebe, and Michael Chabon
You’ll learn valuable 21st-century skills of interpretation, analysis, research, and writing, and you’ll graduate ready to apply those skills to a broad spectrum of personal and professional pursuits. In addition to graduate study in English, our alumni have gone on to a variety of careers: teaching in K–12 and higher education, humanities research, social-media marketing, content writing, law, fundraising, instructional design, event planning, and project management.
Featured Alumni Stories
The Wheel’s Still in Spin
First-generation college student and English major Delilah Dylan Dominguez ’09 has three graduate degrees to her name and is now a practicing physician assistant.Read Full Story
A Life Well Lived
Julia Byrom Whatley ’44 reflects on Southwestern in the World War II era, her military service, and her 30-year teaching career.Read Full Story
Jackson Bird ’12
Distinguished Young AlumnusRead Full Story
Southwestern English Professor Publishes Book on American Jewish Cinematic Tradition
McManis University Chair Helene Meyers is the author of Movie-Made Jews.READ FULL STORY
Five Tips for Surviving Senioritis
How (and why) to make your senior year productive—even if you really, really don’t feel like itREAD FULL STORY
Computers and Creativity
Anna Krolikowski ’20 sees creativity and story as the common denominators of her English and computer science majors.READ FULL STORY