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 leading discussion in the library. (Photo credit: Southwestern University)
Meet your English Department Faculty: Assistant Professor of English Sonia Del Hierro, Professor of English Eileen Cleere, Professor of English and Chair Michael Saenger, and Associate Professor of English Jim Kilfoyle. (Photo credit: Todd White)
Professor of English Michael Saenger brings his English class outside.
English students enjoy small class sizes.
Professor of English Michael Saenger in discussion with a student.
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
Alumnus Jackson Bird ’12 has created some highly entertaining YouTube videos. But his videos aren’t what made MTV name him one of “12 Social Media Warriors Who Helped Restore Our Faith in 2016.” Bird is harnessing the power of online video to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights and other important social issues.Read Full Story
McManis University Chair Helene Meyers is the author of Movie-Made Jews.READ FULL STORY