English

Most employers emphasize the importance of being able to think critically, communicate clearly - written and oral - and solve complex problems.

Students studying English at Wesleyan become strong readers and writers as they work with texts from a range of cultures, periods, and perspectives. Small, discussion-based classes invite students to consider the power of language in shaping experiences of place, gender, race, class, and other essential components of culture and identity. Through coursework, individual and collaborative projects and interactions with faculty, students practice critical thinking, analytical reasoning, empathy, and creativity. Together with writing and speaking skills, these attributes ensure that English majors are prepared for the workplace and for the important task of communicating across cultures and in a variety of genres, both traditional and evolving.

Major: English
Minor: English with literature emphasis; English with writing emphasis
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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Choose between 3 different degree programs: bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, or bachelor of science in nursing.

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  • Accounting 
  • Applied psychology
  • Art, studio 
  • Asian studies
  • Biology 
  • Business 
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Digital marketing
  • English with a literature emphasis
  • English with a writing emphasis
  • Economics
  • Educational studies
  • English with a Literature Emphasis
  • English with a Writing Emphasis
  • Environmental science
  • Equine assisted therapy
  • Finance
  • Forensic science
  • Healthcare administration
  • History
  • Human resources management
  • Mathematics
  • Music 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Organizational behavior
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Pre-law
  • Reading
  • Psychology 
  • Reading
  • Religious studies
  • Spanish 
  • Sport management
  • Strategic management
  • Theatre
  • Visual studies
  • Women, gender, and sexuality 

 

Pre-Professional Concentrations

Find out more about our Pre-Professional programs here.

  • Allied Health
  • Athletic Training
  • Dentistry
  • Law (stand alone concentration of accelerated JD dual degree with Mercer) 
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Seminary
  • Veterinary
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Why Wesleyan?

No one knows Wesleyan better than our alumnae who have experienced learning, living, and thriving at Wesleyan. Alumnae reflect on their experiences on campus and the impact on their lives through lifelong friendships to skills acquired on campus impacting their careers.

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Career Development

A liberal arts education prepares you for your first job and your last. Wesleyan has a four-year plan to prepare students to make the connection between a liberal arts education and success in the workplace.

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Majors

Majors

Wesleyan offers 23 majors and 30 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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A VAST SCOPE OF LEARNING

English majors at Wesleyan read American, British, and world literature. They also focus in depth on such topics as globalization, sustainability, digital culture, science fiction, African-American literature, Victorian and Edwardian drama, Southern women writers, and African women’s fiction. They discover various theoretical approaches to literary analysis in an Introduction to Literary Criticism class, and they strengthen writing skills through professional writing, creative writing, and writing for the web courses. Students conclude their studies by designing a creative or scholarly project integrating their studies in English with another area of scholarship. Internships and study abroad experiences are available for all students.

 


Outside The Classroom

Each year the English Department hosts the Campbell-Stripling Distinguished Writer in Residence. Established in 2010 to honor family members of poet and alumna Kathryn Stripling Byer ’66, the program invites a visiting writer to give readings and convocations, attend classes, lead workshops, and meet individually with student writers. Students may submit pieces to the Wesleyan Creative Arts Magazine, serve as magazine staff members, and work as Writing Center Tutors where they also develop teaching skills. Students may enter their writing in Wesleyan’s annual poetry and essay competitions. Finally, students have the opportunity to become HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars, and join an online scholarly community that explores digital culture.

 

WESLEYAN ENGLISH MAJORS HAVE STUDIED IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD:

University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Eugene Lang New School, George Washington University, The City University of London

These women are earning advanced degrees in fields like creative writing, digital humanities/communication studies, women’s studies, rhetoric and composition, library and information science, and international relations.

Others have gone on to careers in journalism, academic administration, law, and public service.

3+3 Program

Earn your Law Degree in just 6 years instead of the traditional 7 years by completing both their undergraduate bachelors degree at Wesleyan and their Juris Doctor degree at Mercer.

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Melanie Doherty
Professor of English (478) 757-5230 Profile
Joe Lease
Associate Professor of English (478) 757-5243 Profile
Laura Lease
Associate Professor of English / Assistant Dean for Teaching & Learning (478) 757-5232 Profile
Regina B. Oost
Professor of English (478) 757-5181 Profile

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