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Make them love you more. Tech companies love English majors: make them love you even more. Put your words and ideas to work with a professional minor in Software Design & Coding, opening doors to emerging careers in Gaming, Virtual Reality, Digital Publishing, and Creative Entrepreneurship.

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English Language and Literature

Create. Compose. Critique. Code. Career.

Stevenson English allows you to build an individualized program based on your career goals, drawing from emphasis areas in creative writing, literature, professional writing, publishing, digital studies, and career development.

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  • Overview


    Bachelor of Arts

    In the English program at Stevenson, students combine interests in literary analysis, creative writing, professional writing, and digital publishing and apply these, starting from the beginning of freshman year. The hallmark of our program is our topics-based curriculum that combines classic literary works with popular texts and underrepresented voices. Literature topics such as The Games of Thrones, 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 topics such as Writing Videogames and Interactive Stories, Intro to Digital Publishing, and Memoir develop the creative and digital skills that make writers versatile and attractive on the job market. Departmental events, including our Visiting Writer Series, career forums, and off-campus excursions provide hands-on learning and bring students into contact with professionals in their fields.

    What Will You Learn?

    Create. Take workshop-style courses in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. In the senior year Capstone course, learn to draft, shape, revise, and market a manuscript to reach audiences. 

    Compose. Develop skills in many professional writing fields and genres, including journalism, magazine writing and production, editing, digital storytelling, blogging, and public relations writing. 

    Critique. Read contemporary voices alongside classics, honing your ability to think critically about literary trends and values while learning to interpret literature through a range of cultural and theoretical lenses. 

    Code. Learn to design and build a digital text in “Introduction to Digital Publishing," write interactive narratives for videogames at Global Game Jam, and gain editorial experience working on SU’s digital magazine, The Greenspring Review. 

    Career. Build your online portfolio, hone your interview skills through mock interviews, and learn from alumni guest speakers at “Careers in English” events and in “Design Your Career,” our innovative course for juniors that prepares you to obtain and complete an internship of your choice.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the English Language and Literature program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study English Language and Literature?

    As an English major, you will study literature, creative writing, professional writing, publishing, and digital studies to develop the in-demand intellectual skills most prized by employers across industries—the ability to write and speak well, research efficiently and effectively, evaluate information, analyze problems, and develop workable solutions using your creative and analytical capacities.


    • Position yourself for careers in writing, editing, publishing, marketing, communications, public relations, artificial intelligence scripting, law, non-profit management, teaching, and more.
    • Become job-market ready through internships and hands-on experience as a paid writing tutor or staff member of the Greenspring Review or The Villager.
    • Gain digital writing and editing experience through courses in digital publishing, gaming, and interactive narrative and by serving on the staff of our digital literary magazine, The Greenspring Review.
    • Position yourself for entrance to top graduate programs in professional writing, publishing, law, teaching, creative writing, literature, linguistics, higher education administration, and more.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence

    English Language and Literature

    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

    Required 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

    Four English Electives

    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.
    Foreign Language
    Two semesters of a foreign language at the 200-level or above

    Five Literature Courses

    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

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    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. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 08/28/2018

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