At Muhlenberg, students may pursue a major and minor in English literatures, as well as a major in English & creative writing and an interdisciplinary minor in creative & professional writing.

The Department of English Literatures & Writing at Muhlenberg offers a flexible curriculum for the study of diverse literatures written in the English language. The department focuses on written, dramatic, filmic and transmedia “texts” as well as offering writing classes in fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, criticism, journalism and other genres. Our offerings include British, American and Postcolonial literatures, African American, Global Black and Native American literatures, Jewish, women and LGBTQ+ writers as well as literatures addressing genocide, human rights and ecology.

Creative and critical writing puts our students in conversation with the voices of the past and present, with a particular attention to voices that have been previously underrepresented. A focus on social justice embraces literature’s role in creating a fairer and more equitable world by listening to each other’s stories and voices.

Regular and special topics courses focus on traditional and contemporary issues. Small class sizes create dynamic conversations in the classroom and offer opportunities for learning and community engagement. 

English Literatures & Writing students write clearly and persuasively, read carefully and think inventively. Program graduates move on to jobs as lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers and CEOs and administrators of a wide-range of companies, public and private.

Logo In Their Words

A Teller of Ales

English Alumni

Dogfish Head CEO Sam Calagione ’92 applies the creative chops he built as an English major to set his products apart in a crowded marketplace.


  • Meet Our New Faculty

    Muhlenberg welcomes 26 new full-time educators to campus this fall, including tenure-track and visiting faculty members and Consortium for Faculty Diversity fellows from a variety of disciplines.

  • Power Chords

    Juliette Reilly ’16 makes music to help fans cope with the mental health challenges of being a teen.

  • Reminiscing Analytically

    As beloved Professors of English David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen retire, they reflect on their Muhlenberg legacies and hopes for the future of the Writing Program.

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Barri Gold

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