English undergraduate majors develop a broad base of literary, cultural, and personal knowledge. The major’s classes cultivate skills essential to any future profession, including concise writing and the ability to make oral presentations with ease.
This major focuses on significant works of American and world literature, while emphasizing interdisciplinary study, to expose you to a cross-section of historical and cultural contexts. The curriculum, placing equal weight on theory and practice, encourages you to participate in research, pursue independent study, and develop relationships with faculty and professional mentors so you can grow as a scholar and a professional. You will be able to develop your writing, research, and communications skills through the first-year writing sequence, 3000-level research-focused courses, and the culminating senior seminar project.
As an English major, you'll benefit from more than 270 hours of internships beginning your freshman year, which are ideal for exploring work environments and career pathways. Internship sites in this major have included The Harvard Review, Teen Voices, and the Museum of Science.
Study abroad sites have included London and Spain, with visits to Shakespeare's Globe, the National, and the Orpheum Theatres.
Literature Track: Emphasizes a close analysis of texts, which assists in developing your ability to respond critically to the written word, as well as writing clearly and persuasively.
Drama Track: Provides 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.
Associate Professor of English
Anne Elezabeth Pluto
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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."
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