English

Students can study literature and creative writing with renowned scholars and award-winning authors in GW’s English program. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ arts and humanities program, the Department of English fosters critical reflection on literature and culture, connecting reading practices with lucid writing and persuasive argumentation. Students explore issues including community, creativity, cultural conflict and history within an extraordinary range of texts.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Students can major in English alone or complete a degree with a dual major in English and creative writing. Creative writing is also offered as a minor.

What can I expect to learn in the English program at GW?

Students explore a diverse range of texts from medieval to contemporary and from regions around the world.  They learn to think critically and write creatively about texts, culture and literary theory.

What is the English community like at GW?

The Department of English offers an engaged community of scholars and writers who are experts in a wide variety of literary eras, authors and theories. Special emphases include medieval and early modern studies; minority literatures, especially African American, Latino and Asian American; 19th-century studies; contemporary literature and creative writing.

What can I do in the English field?

English majors go on to a wide range of professions: law, graduate study of literature, education, media and publishing, business, the entertainment industry and any industry that prizes good writing and analytical skills.

Exchanging Ideas

GW’s new Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute brings together scholars and students in history, English, French and Italian to foster new research and exchange ideas.

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