Department of English

Wesleyan’s English Department offers three tracks or concentrations:

  • Education
  • Literature
  • Writing

The education track certifies graduates as teachers in English (5-Adult). The literature concentration is for those who want a “general” degree in literary studies or see to pursue graduate study. The writing concentration is for students who wish to enter journalism, freelance writing, or a field where writing skills are in high demand. The department also offers a minor in English.

The department seeks to provide outstanding instruction in the study of literature and in the writing of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Wesleyan graduates achieve an understanding of a variety of classic and contemporary texts and are able to communicate with clarity, write with authority, and analyze and evaluate ideas critically.

The department features a distinguished and award-winning teaching faculty who are authors, short-story fiction writers, and poets. Central to the English department curriculum is the creation of an atmosphere of open inquiry, where students and faculty can work together toward an appreciation of literature and writing.