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About the English Area of Concentration

The AOC in English focuses on intersections between English language literature and its historical and cultural environments. English asks questions that intersect explicitly with philosophy, cultural anthropology, history, and the arts.

Students graduating in this field should be able to analyze texts from a variety of genres and historical periods; to recognize the role of literature in encounters between cultures across national, ethnic, and temporal lines; and to be able to deploy a variety of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature and communication in English. A degree in English can lead in many directions after college — from writing-intensive careers such as publishing and education, to less obvious tracks in library or curatorial work, healthcare, human resources, marketing and business, and public service with nonprofit organizations.

“I’ve wanted a career in English teaching for several years now, so starting my dream job in another country is super exciting.”

Asia Lord
2020 Graduate (English)
Chosen for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

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Recent Courses

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  • Poets of the 1950s: New York
  • Law & Literature
  • Literature of the 1980s
  • Chaucer: Imaginary Persons and Narrative Form
  • Ecopoetics: A Reading and Writing Seminar
  • Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Career Pathways

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  • Educator
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  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
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Ace Academic Center 116

Dr. Nova Myhill

Professor of English and Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Dr. Jessica Young

Assistant Professor of Global English

Faculty Steward of the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Collection in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights

Dr. Robert L. Zamsky

Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Professor of English

Dr. Robert Knox Jr.

Emeritus Professor of English