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

Phone

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

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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Allison Dickson ’02

Allison Dickson ’02

Distinguished Southwestern Service

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

English News

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola, Kayla Ingram ’20, and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger

Shakespeare across Time, Languages, and Disciplines

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger coordinated a seminar on translating Shakespeare at an international conference in Rome.

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Shifting Narratives

Shifting Narratives

Southwestern’s English faculty help majors tout career skills

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Dr. Jim Kilfoyle

Pursuing a Passion and Embracing Discovery

Associate Professor of English Jim Kilfoyle shares his experiences as a student and teacher of English.

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