The Undergraduate Program in English

Dear Student,   

Welcome to the English Department!             

Our English majors not only possess a love of language and literature; they have an abiding sense of the power of the word that compels meaningful contributions to the larger world. Seasoned faculty will guide you as you engage in close reading, analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and cogent writing. The program encourages the development of a sense of literary history, sensitivity to cultural values, and expansive knowledge of important authors, works and periods of literature in English, as well as the tools to live a life of consequence. In this way, the English major will prepare you for a wide variety of career paths.

Our program offers a range of courses, from traditional areas, such as Shakespeare, Romanticism, and global literature, to cutting-edge fields, such as medical humanism and science fiction. In addition, we have a Creative Writing minor with courses in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction taught by professional writers. These courses guide students to examine literary works as a writer to apply what they learn to their own writing. Interactive workshops, moreover, provide the feedback that helps students to develop and refine their work.

We also provide a number of scholarly opportunities, such as participation in our national Honors Society, our Capstone in English, and our Honors program. We also have connections to a number of internships, such as the London Internship Program, which offers positions in the fields of theater and journalism, in addition to internships with local newspapers and journals, as well as national organizations. Our program, moreover, has strong ties with the American Antiquarian Society, which offers seminars and the opportunity to participate in archival research. For those interested in studying abroad, the English Department has a partner program at the University of East Anglia and Advanced Studies in English in Bath, England. 


The inviting home of the English Department, Anderson House, encourages students to gather in informal and formal communities of learning. We host social events that highlight student achievement as well as provide information concerning the field, such as our Chowder Fest, in which English Department alumni speak on their employment experiences.

Again, welcome! Please feel free to stop by and speak to any of us in the department about question you may have.


Lisa Kasmer

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of English



2013 LEEP Project Pioneer

Working with the associate media producer for WaterFire in Providence, RI, Andrew Doig '14 is assisting with video production, post-production and marketing projects for the 2013 WaterFire season.
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2012 LEEP Project Pioneers

Kulani Panapitiya Dias '13 (double major with psychology) set out to investigate the prevalence of the psychological processes of moral disengagement, ingroup glorification and essentialism in post-war Sri Lanka by focusing on narratives of trauma. Following a study she conducted in December 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Kulani interviewed and surveyed both Tamil and Sinhalese individuals in the war-afflicted areas of Jaffna and Galle, respectively. Her study examines how individuals cognitively disengage themselves from the injustices that their ingroup may commit, and the means by which one justifies and sanitizes atrocities that occur during conflicts. This research is geared toward aiding reconciliatory efforts in post-war Sri Lanka by helping to identify the obstacles that linguistically, and socially, propagate conflict and difference between groups.
Read her blog. Watch an interview with Kulani.

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