At Wesleyan, studying English is as much about learning how to think as it is about reading and writing. English majors develop their creative and analytical skills in tandem, be it through investigating the history of literary expression, immersing themselves in high-level literary and cultural theory, or by studying the relation of literary texts to their historical contexts—including the histories of race, gender, sexuality, science, politics, and religion. They also enjoy a vibrant tradition in creative writing and a rich array of courses and workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

English Department faculty are distinguished scholars and writers teaching a wide range of innovative courses in American and British literatures, English language literatures from around the world, and critical and cultural theory.

Students who major in English often pursue careers in publishing, education, the media, politics and public service, marketing and communications.

What You'll Study

  • The English major at Wesleyan consists of 10 credits, including the Ways of Reading seminar, the major's mandatory gateway course. Other core requirements offer you the chance to read widely, discover new approaches, connect texts and concepts from different times and places, and develop confidence and critical awareness about the activity of literary interpretation.
  • Paths through the major may lead you to focus primarily on literature or creative writing.

  • English majors may also undertake a capstone project. Options include a two-semester honors thesis (for honors-eligible students), and a one-semester senior essay project (for students who are not candidates for honors).