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Dive into the world of literature and write your story


In the English program at Stevenson, students can combine interests in literary analysis, creative writing, professional writing, and digital publishing, and apply these starting from the beginning of freshman year. You can build an individualized program based on your personal and professional aspirations, drawing from an array of courses in literature, creative writing, professional writing, publishing, and digital studies.

The hallmark of the Stevenson English program is a topics-based curriculum that combines classic literary works with popular texts and underrepresented voices. Students can take courses in poetry, fiction, and prose, You can study writers from Shakespeare to Langston Hughes and J. K. Rowling with faculty who are published authors and nationally recognized scholars. Special topic courses such as Sci-Fi at the Theater, American Horror Story, and Madmen and American Masculinity offer challenging and diverse content that draws connections and invites students to think critically about canons and culture alike.

Creative and professional writing courses such as Sonnet: Forms and Functions, Writing Videogames and Interactive Stories, Intro to Digital Publishing, and Memoir develop the creative and digital skills that make writers versatile and attractive in today’s digital market. Departmental events, including our Visiting Writer Series, career forums, and off-campus excursions provide hands-on learning and bring students into contact with successful professionals in their fields.

Graduates of the English Language and Literature program will:

  • Solve problems by thinking creatively and critically.
  • Read and interpret texts using critical theory and language arts.
  • Use research resources.
  • Write academic, professional, and/or creative texts.
  • Communicate orally and nonverbally.
  • Negotiate personal values in relation to the values of others.
  • Apply academic preparation to professional and cultural experiences beyond the classroom.
  • Make informed academic and career choices based on self-determined goals.


Publish & Flourish

Do you need to share your creative vision? Stevenson’s English program lets you express your voice and gain career-ready skills through courses in digital publishing, gaming, and interactive narrative, and by serving on the staff of our digital literary magazine, The Greenspring Review, or The Villager, the digital campus newspaper.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for English Language and Literature Majors

An English degree prepares you for the world. It teaches you how to analyze information, create stories, present clear ideas, think critically, and write for a broad variety of audiences. A degree in English can prepare you for careers, including:

  • Technical Writer  
  • Curriculum Designer 
  • Grant and Proposal Writer  
  • Library Services 
  • Publisher 
  • Teacher 
  • Author 
  • Editor 
  • Game Script Writer 
  • Copywriter and Content Producer 

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

Courses and Tracks


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in English language and literature. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

(Note: Some courses may be repeated for credit when focus or topic changes. Check the course descriptions following this section to identify these courses.)

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
ENG 160 Introduction to Literary Studies 3 credits
ENG 231 Style and Editing 3 credits
ENG 256 Introduction to Digital Publishing 3 credits
ENG 331 Design Your Career 3 credits
ENG 332 Advanced Critical Approaches to Literature 3 credits
ENG 420 English Capstone: Internship 3 credits

Two English elective courses at the 200-level

Two English elective courses at the 300-level

Two English elective courses at any level

One Literature elective courses at the 200-level

One Literature elective courses at the 300-level

One Literature elective course at the 400-level

Meet foreign language requirement

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Minors and Other Options


The minor in English requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an ENG prefix at the 200-level or above. Courses ineligible for the English minor are ENG 150ENG 151ENG 152, and ENG 153.

Please note: ENG 160 Introduction to Literary Studies can be taken as one of the courses to fulfill a minor in English.

Students minoring in English are eligible to take courses restricted to the English major if the prerequisites are met. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

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