Majors & Minors

English

Engage in critical thinking and improve your communication skills by studying the literature and cultures of the English-speaking world.

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Helene Meyers

Helene Meyers

Professor of English & Chair

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512.863.1492
Helene Meyers

Helene Meyers

Professor of English & Chair

English
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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.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

“I would not be able to do any of this without the tremendous love and support of my wife, Kristin Santiago,” says Dominguez. “She is the greatest joy of my life and has taught me so much about living. I am eternally grateful to her and our fur son, a Chiweenie named Noodle.”

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.

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Julia Byrom Whatley ’44

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.

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Jackson Bird ’12

Jackson Bird ’12

Distinguished Young Alumnus

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

English News

Southwestern English Professor Publishes Book on American Jewish Cinematic Tradition

McManis University Chair Helene Meyers is the author of Movie-Made Jews.

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Surviving Senioritis

Five Tips for Surviving Senioritis

How (and why) to make your senior year productive—even if you really, really don’t feel like it

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Anna Krolikowski ’20 studied abroad in London during the fall of her sophomore year.

Computers and Creativity

Anna Krolikowski ’20 sees creativity and story as the common denominators of her English and computer science majors.

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