English undergraduate majors at Lesley University develop a broad base of literary, cultural, and personal knowledge. The major’s English classes cultivate skills essential to any future profession, including concise writing and the ability to make oral presentations with ease.
The bachelor's degree program in English focuses on studying the most significant works of American and world literature, while placing a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary study that exposes students to a rich cross-section of historical and cultural contexts. The curriculum, placing equal weight on theory and practice, encourages students to participate in faculty research, pursue independent study and develop relationships with faculty and professional mentors to guide their growth as scholars and professionals. Writing, research and communications skills, central to gathering and sharing knowledge, are developed and supported through the first-year writing sequence, 3000-level research-focused courses, and the culminating senior seminar project.
Beginning freshman year, English majors benefits from more than 270 hours of internship and field-based learning opportunities ideal for exploring work environments and career pathways. Internship sites in the undergraduate English program have included The Harvard Review, Teen Voices, and the Museum of Science.
Study abroad opportunities have includes sites in London and Spain, with visits to Shakespeare's Globe, the National, and the Orpheum Theatres.
The Literature track at Lesley University emphasizes a close analysis of texts, which assists in developing the students’ ability to respond critically to the written word. Attention is given to writing clearly and persuasively.
The English major’s Drama track gives students a firm foundation in dramatic literature. Majors also focus on the practical theater skills needed to perform on stage or work behind the scenes.
"At Lesley, I found many of my professors to be creative and inspiring. And because classes are small, students have flexibility about how to develop their unique skills and follow individual interests."
— Sonya Kendall Heisters, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Students explore the literature, art, theater, architecture, and history of the city of London both through classroom meetings and a week spent in the city.
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Dr. Mary Dockray-Miller, Professor of English - "I make a point of knowing my students and their work. That relationship energizes my classes, exciting them about the material and motivating them to produce their best work."
Communications major Harrison Ford and English major Sam Trevino share their experiences as editorial interns at Boston's weekly alternative news publication, DigBoston.Learn more