Majors & Minors

English

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

Contact

Helene Meyers

Professor of English & Chair

Phone

512.863.1492

Helene Meyers

Professor of English & Chair

English
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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English News

English Spring Course Preview

English Spring Course Preview

Join the English Department faculty for a preview of the Spring classes and events.  We’ll talk about Spring 2019 courses and everything you always wanted to know about the English major but were afraid to ask.

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News from the English Department

September Edition

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English Events

Pizza with the English Department

Pizza with the English Department

We’ll talk about Spring 2019 courses and everything you always wanted to know about the English major but were afraid to ask.

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English Spring Course Preview

English Spring Course Preview

We’ll talk about Spring 2019 courses and everything you always wanted to know about the English major but were afraid to ask.  

Pizza will be served

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