Students in Dickinson's Department of English study a range of English-language texts, including novels, poems, plays, graphic narratives, films, television and other work.

Our curriculum is flexible and focused, allowing majors to follow their own interests through diverse course offerings that address core questions (of author and audience; culture, nation and identity; form, medium and materiality; and history, period and influence).

Classes deepen the skills that help students to engage in critical conversations with authority and purpose. This culminates in an independently chosen senior thesis project—and then, a life beyond Dickinson in which English majors continue to show how reading, writing and thinking are vital to understanding and shaping our world.  

Contact Info

Chair

Greg SteirerAssociate Professor of English and Film Studies

Department coordinator

Kelly Winters-FazioSr Academic Department Coordinator

Phone

717-245-1347

Fax

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Location

3rd & 4th Floors East College Mailing Address

Department Features



Student Outcomes

Where Graduates Go From Here

Jobs

  • Vanity Fair
  • Penguin Random House
  • FTI Consulting
  • Gartner
  • MLB Network
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • National Theater Institute
  • Urban Teachers (AmeriCorps)

Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Princeton University Graduate School
  • The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
  • Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Columbia University
Where Students Have Interned
  • NPR
  • Christie’s
  • Rodale Inc.
  • WriteGirl Los Angeles
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • NBC/Universal
  • Penguin Group
  • WHDH Boston

Student Perspective

“I really loved taking Plague Years with Associate Professor of English Claire Seiler. Learning about the different types of literature, propaganda, films and advertisements produced in the influenza epidemic of 1918 and the midcentury polio crisis was incredibly interesting and introduced me to the fields of health humanities and disability/mobility studies, which are now part of my personal interests in the world of literature.”

— Lily Bibro ’24 


English Department News

Cogan Fellows Share Journeys of Impact and Adaptation

Cogan Fellows Share Journeys of Impact and Adaptation

English grads Christopher Eiswerth ’08 and Katie Jarman ’16 return to campus to discuss their career paths and lessons learned.

'High Fidelity' Connections: Nick Hornby Hits High Note at Dickinson

“It’s such a rare and amazing opportunity." Celebrated writer Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, An Education) packed a powerful punch of inspiration during his Dickinson residency.

From Bestsellers to Blockbusters: Star Writer Nick Hornby to Visit Dickinson

From Bestsellers to Blockbusters: Star Writer Nick Hornby to Visit Dickinson

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter and award-winning author (High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, About a Boy, Brooklyn) will visit Dickinson Feb. 20-21..

Reimagining the Arts With Veronika Yadukha

Reimagining the Arts With Veronika Yadukha

Who gets to access the arts? Can you translate one art form into another? Students investigate these questions and more alongside Veronika Yadukha, our first Beyond the New Normal artistic resident.

Bringing Social Responsibility to Work: Rachel Keen Hutchisson

Bringing Social Responsibility to Work: Rachel Keen Hutchisson '89

“The idea is to bring social responsibility to work and make data-informed decisions based on these values." Meet social-impact champion Rachel Keen Hutchisson '89.

Susan Perabo Honored as the First Woman to Play NCAA Baseball

Susan Perabo Honored as the First Woman to Play NCAA Baseball

Professor of Creative Writing Susan Perabo throws first pitch at St. Louis Cardinals game and is honored by her alma mater.