At A Glance

Through reading, writing, and close analysis, students in Carthage’s lively English Department community observe the finer details of language and pose serious questions about life, history, art, and justice. Those with an emphasis or minor in creative writing work with faculty while experimenting in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Majors

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It is only in combing through literature, Jean-Paul Sartre argues, that we access the active, imaginative portions of our minds. The English Department aims to pass on a love of literature, deepening students’ understanding of themselves and their responsibility to one another.

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As an English student, you will immerse yourself in the habits and practices of reading, writing, close analysis, and imaginative thought. In each of your courses, you will learn both to observe the fine details of language and to ask serious questions about life, art, history, and justice.

Wrestling with such big questions will also help you to forge a narrative of your own. An English major serves as a springboard to any career rooted in critical and creative thought. Our graduates now work in fields as varied as education, graphic design, sales, creative writing, journalism, and law.

Attentive Professors

The average English class at Carthage has fewer than 20 students, so you will have an opportunity to build strong relationships with your professors.

“The professors in the English Department are supportive, open to new ideas, and willing to meet with their students outside of the classroom to ensure success and a deeper comprehension of complex topics.”
— Miranda Paikowski ’20

Carthage’s Visiting Writer Series regularly brings poets and novelists to campus for workshops, readings, and lectures.

Exciting Coursework

Many of the English courses at Carthage are interdisciplinary, allowing students to explore literature from multiple points of view. Courses include American Literary Traditions, British Literary Traditions I (prior to 1800), Literature of Diversity, and many more.

Enhanced Learning & Travel Opportunities

English students at Carthage are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities on and off campus to enrich their education. Each semester, the English Department organizes a wide variety of on-campus lectures and writing series, and off-campus theatre trips and museum visits. Every fall, English faculty and students travel to Ontario for the acclaimed Stratford Festival, where we see a variety of plays from Shakespearean tragedies to modern musicals. On campus, student writers meet weekly for poetry slams and open-mic nights, or gather in the Writing Center to share and receive writing assistance.

Career Advancement

English students develop skills that are vital to careers in many fields, from journalism to public relations to law. English majors think critically and creatively, in order to see problems from many angles. They are informed and effective communicators and carry with them a love of literature and writing that enriches them for life.