The English major integrates the study of literature and the practice of writing. Our faculty—all professional critics, writers, and editors—serve as role models and mentors for students in English classes. The program emphasizes the connections between literature and writing by bringing published authors to the campus and by incorporating Boston-area literary and theatre events into the curriculum. Through a double focus on literature and writing, students develop writing portfolios and prepare for professions in which effective communication and cultural literacy are essential.
Recent graduates have begun careers in journalism, law, media communication, public relations, advertising, educational administration, creative writing, banking, theatre, publishing, and teaching. During her final year, the English major produces a portfolio of professional writing at her Senior Internship site or writes a senior essay that serves as a writing internship. As evidence of her competence in both writing and literary study, each major submits a paper from a 300-level Pine Manor College literature course for assessment by a panel of English instructors appointed by the B.A. Coordinator. Students are expected to pass this paper before their final semester of their senior year. By permission of the B.A. Coordinator, a student may substitute an upper-level literature course in a foreign language for one of her electives in English; however, such a course may not substitute for the required 300-level English courses. Qualified students may spend a junior semester or year taking approved courses at an institution in an English-speaking country.
Learning Outcomes of the English Program
- Develop student writing, reading, thinking, and oral skills
- Give all students an understanding of literary forms and traditions; teach critical analysis through reading and writing; and provide cultural and historical contexts for writers from a variety of backgrounds
- Help students develop cultural literacy
- Develop students’ sensitivity to language, voice, and audience
- Encourage student creativity
- Demonstrate to students how a proficiency in writing and literature links them with other fields and disciplines
- Prepare students for graduate study and for careers in which writing skills are vital