The major in English conveys the history and astonishing range of literature written worldwide in the English language, from Chaucer to Yeats, Melville to Mukherjee. We offer an array of courses on colonial and post-colonial literatures, including African-American and Irish. We focus on creative and critical writing linked to the close reading of texts and put students in conversation with the voices of the past and present.
Our “Living Writers” and “Writers at Muhlenberg” series bring to campus contemporary authors, both established and emerging. The student literary magazine MUSES and our new online ‘zine POPPED offer valuable outlets for publication as well as crucial experience in Internet design and editing.
Many of our courses are also “Writing Intensive,” with limited enrollment, and stress writing and revision as modes of thinking about literature. We provide a capstone experience in senior seminars and offer the possibility of Honors Theses for qualified students. In recent years the department has become increasingly interdisciplinary, forging dynamic connections with Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Along with graduate study, our majors pursue careers in law, teaching, journalism, publishing management, advertising and public relations. Our students are nuanced thinkers, astute readers, and excellent writers who are able to reflect on complex problems and see them in new ways.