English: Literature and Writing

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
For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.


Program Faculty


Melinda Ponder - Professor of English
Tel: 617-731-7139

Program Courses

  • EN 111 Mythology and Literature
  • EN 112 World Literature: Genres and Themes
  • EN 200 Writing on the Job: Professional and Persuasive Writing
  • EN 203 Love and Romance in British Writers
  • EN 204 Feature Writing
  • EN 205 Visiting Writers Seminar: Fiction
  • EN 206 Creative Writing
  • EN 207 Visiting Writers Seminar: Poetry
  • EN 208 Creative Nonfiction
  • EN 209 Journalism on the Web and on the Page
  • EN 216 Shakespeare I
  • EN/TH 217 Shakespeare II
  • EN 221 The Poet in the World
  • EN 223 Bad Girls and Wild Women
  • EN 226/326 Women¹s Lives in Film and Fiction
  • EN 229 Children's Literature
  • EN 232 American Writers
  • EN 233 African-American and Caribbean Literature
  • EN 234/334 The Bachelorette in Fiction and Film
  • EN 235 Female Voices of Diversity
  • EN 236/336 Zora Neale Hurston
  • EN 311 Advanced Journalism: On the Beat
  • EN/CO 350Advertising Copywriting and Design Seminar
  • IDS/WS 213/313 Women in Detective Fiction
  • IDS 290/390 Boston Through its Writers
    IDS 389 Empire and Resistance
  • EN 495 Senior Internship

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