English

Major / Minor

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.

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.

English Faculty

English Events

Visiting Writer: Caitlin Doyle

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the English Department for a reading of Caitlin Doyle’s work! Caitlin Doyle’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Best New …  

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 …