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.
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.
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:
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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.)
|FYS 100||First Year Seminar|
|ENG 230||Critical Approaches to Literature I|
|ENG 231||English: Forms and Functions|
|ENG 331||Design Your Career|
|ENG 332||Critical Approaches to Literature II|
|ENG 420||English Capstone: Internship|
|One course at the 200-level|
|Recent options include Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Digital Publishing, Writing and Education, Writing Memoir, Writing Video Games and Interactive Stories, Journalism I, Journalism II|
|One course at the 300-level|
|Recent options include Poetry Workshop, Fiction Workshop, Creative Nonfiction Workshop, Advanced Creative Writing Workshops, Feature Writing, Magazine Writing and Publishing, Journalism Practicum, Public Relations Writing, Publishing from Gutenberg to Google|
|Your choice of Creative Writing Capstone or Literature Capstone at the 400-level|
|One course of your choice at the 200-level or above. Options include all of the above.|
|Two semesters of a foreign language at the 200-level or above|
|Two courses at the 200-level|
|Recent options include American Horror Story: From Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King, The Game of Thrones—Then and Now, Anime in Text and Film, The Pursuit of Happiness, Street Poetry: From Whitman to Hip-Hop, Introduction to African American Literature, Sci-Fi at the Theater, Cyborgs and Virtual Worlds, Youth Literature: The British Tradition, Short Story: From Poe to Munro|
|Two courses at the 300-level|
|Recent options include End of the World, Sex and Death: The Sonnet Since Shakespeare, Love and Romance: “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Violence & Trauma in Contemporary American Literature|
|One course at the 400-level|
|Recent options include Major Work: Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, Major Author: August Wilson; Major Work: Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre; Major Work: Thoreau’s Walden; Major Work: Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin|
Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.
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 beyond.
All ENG courses at the 200 level or above count toward the minor. Each student minoring in English crafts his or her minor individually by deciding which emphasis areas to include—literature, creative writing, professional writing and publishing, digital studies, or a mix. Minors are welcome to take courses at the 300 or 400 levels as long as they have the pre-requisites, but are not required to do so.
Students minoring in English are eligible to take courses restricted to the English majors if the prerequisites are met. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.