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Dana Schiller, Ph.D., professor of English, teaches a course in detective fiction in Dieter-Porter October 27, 2020 on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

Our English program goes beyond teaching our students how to become informed readers. In addition to studying a diverse range of literatures with universal appeal, our majors learn the written communication and research skills necessary for careers in diverse fields such as marketing, law, and education, as well as professional and creative writing. For more information, check out the College Catalog and the English Department Brochure.

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Careers After W&J

With demand for strong communicators and skilled technical writers across many fields, our graduates find employment in areas that excite and motivate them. English alumni are uniquely positioned for success in careers ranging from teaching and education to editing, marketing, law, business, and even entrepreneurship.

Alumni have applied the expertise they gained as English majors across a diverse array of fields. Amanda Boehm, Ph.D. ’02 is senior editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), an internationally acclaimed, peer reviewed journal that publishes original research from around the world about the rapidly changing fields of cancer research and treatment. Michelle Jenkins ’10 teaches 11th grade English, public speaking, and theater arts, and launched a Theatre Slam  program – inspired by a similar event at W&J – in her school district.

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Beyond the Classroom

The skills our English students learn prepare them for research opportunities and internships in a broad range of fields. Our students have applied their knowledge during internships as legal assistants, marketing specialists, and communication and social media managers. They’ve also worked as writers and editors and found positions abroad to gain international experience.

English majors are able to showcase their work through on-campus events like the annual PrezTech Challenge, where students in ENG 250 Sound, Image Word: Reading Poetry in a Digital Age created videos and recordings of poems they studied in class with the goal of making poetry accessible to a new and wider audience.

Our students have also used their studies to prepare others for bright futures. Kelsey Julien ’21 served as a teacher in the Houston Breakthrough Collaborative summer educational program, which was designed to offer college preparatory education options to students from underserved communities.

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English News

Lucy Hutchinson ’21 on genetically modified crops

March 21, 2021

Lucy Hutchinson ’21 discusses a perspective on genetically modified crops.

Ed Simon ’06 book included in Newsweek’s 21 Best Books to Read This Spring 2021

February 19, 2021

Simon tells the story of the city and all the changes that made it what it is today in a way that’s entirely new, by the hand of someone who is deeply familiar. Simon shines a light on things often forgotten, and uncovers untold stories in the process.

English Events

Jill McCorkle

Visiting Writer Jill McCorkle

March 24 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The English department will be hosting a virtual event with the novelist and short story writer Jill McCorkle on March …  

Katheryn Nuernberger

Virtual Reading: Kathryn Nuernberger

September 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of the poetry collections, RUE, The End of Pink, and Rag & Bone. She has also written the …