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

“With the time, space and resources to conduct long-term research, I had the freedom to be creative about my writing process. I was able to put texts together that have never been analyzed next to each other, and I experimented with different approaches to my writing process. All of this freedom gave rise to work that I’m still proud of, years later.”

- Alejandro Heredia ’16


English Department News

Working Toward a Sustainable Future

Working Toward a Sustainable Future

Learn how Dickinson helped Shannon Kobran ’10 forge successful careers in publishing and international development.

Scott Beaumont ’75 Stays on Brand, After Relaunching Lilly Pulitzer

Scott Beaumont ’75 Stays on Brand, After Relaunching Lilly Pulitzer

The former English and economics major combined creativity and strategy to rebuild a legendary name in fashion.

Student Snapshot: Hadley D’Esopo ’23

Student Snapshot: Hadley D’Esopo ’23

Hadley D’Esopo ’23 was looking for a college with a strong sense of community, and that's exactly what she found at Dickinson.

New Faculty Book Explores How Hollywood Brings Comics to Screens Around the World

New Faculty Book Explores How Hollywood Brings Comics to Screens Around the World

From 'The Walking Dead' to 'Wonder Woman,' Greg Steirer's 'The American Comic Book Industry and Hollywood' gets to the bottom of a worldwide phenomenon.

Scholarship Stories: Professor of English Wendy Moffat

Scholarship Stories: Professor of English Wendy Moffat

Professor of English Wendy Moffat discusses the inspiration behind the Donald Moffat Scholarship, which she established in memory of her father.

English Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

English Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2021

Graduating English majors are accepted to graduate programs at the University of East Anglia and Georgetown University.