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Consider an English Major

Studying English is a way to hone your skills in analysis, writing, and digital environments, all while expanding your understanding of the rich complexity and diversity of the world. Edgewood’s English Department is a place where you will be welcomed into small classes exploring vital issues with faculty who love to teach and have deep expertise in their fields.

Employers prize the abilities of English majors, who succeed not only in capturing good jobs after graduation, but also in using their talents to build substantial careers. Right now Edgewood English graduates are working in marketing, journalism, education, library science, a wide range of non-profits, government, and publishing—and that is only a small sampling. Our majors and minors attend graduate school for Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Law, Library Science, Education, and are very successful in gaining admittance to other programs.

The choice to study English is a practical one, but also a meaningful decision to pursue the larger truths. Here, you will read novels instead of textbooks, learn how to use language to express yourself, encounter ways of seeing the world from times and places that are completely new, and, ultimately, walk away with an education you will use for the rest of your life.

ASPIRING WRITER SCHOLARSHIPS are available for qualified new students. If you like to write and are happy to take some English classes along the way, you probably qualify. Admission to the College and a portfolio review are required. Please visit for deadlines and more information.

ENG 110


(4.00 credits)
This first year course integrates critical reading and writing skills. Students will develop competence in finding and using source materials, and in writing research papers. Individual conferences, peer reading, and revision are some of the essential elements in this process-oriented approach to college writing. (Prerequisite: placement test) (F/S)

ENG 259


(4.00 credits)
Focuses on the theme of the hero and the quest in literature and heroic legend. Includes texts from the earlier literary traditions of England, France, Spain and Germany. Emphasizes the structure of the quest-myth and the influence of local or national culture in shaping its form. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.

ENG 476


(4.00 credits)
Directed study in the writing of various literary forms, such as the informal essay, nature writing, scriptwriting, genre fiction, the long poem, the novella, or other forms. Prerequisite: ENG 205.


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Student Organizations

The English Association

The English Association is an organization directed by Edgewood students under faculty guidance whose stated goal is to support the arts of writing, reading, critical thinking, and teaching, both on campus and beyond. Formed in the autumn of 2012, the English Association organizes events for English majors and minors to socialize, get information on career and post-grad opportunities, and foster a sense of community between the student body, the English Department faculty, as well as the greater Edgewood community.

Previous Events Book Drive Writing Retreat Poetry Slam High School Writing Contest Movie Nights Reading Groups Social Introversion: A Writing Group

If you are interested in becoming a part of one of youngest and most exciting on-campus groups, contact Lauren Lacey.

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Book Suggestions from Current English Majors and Minors

  • Elysium – – Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • Milk and Honey – – Rupi Kaur
  • A Tale for the Time Being – – Ruth Ozeki
  • White Teeth – – Zadie Smith
  • The Stranger – – Albert Camus
  • The Myth of Sisyphus – – Albert Camus
  • The Stone Gods – – Jeanette Winterson
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – – Raymond Carver
  • Walden on Wheels – – Ken Ilgunas
  • War and Peace – – Leo Tolstoy
  • Once a Runner – – John L Parker
  • Eon – – Alison Goodman
  • I am the Cheese – – Robert Cormier
  • The Greate Gatsby – – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Oryx and Crake – – Margaret Atwood
  • Haunting Violet – – Alyxandra Harvey
  • White Noise – – Don DeLillo
  • Wild Seed – – Octavia Butler
  • Matilda – – Roald Dahl
  • Dealing with Dragons – – Patricia Wrede
  • The Bell Jar – – Sylvia Plath