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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


Claire SeilerProfessor of English

Department coordinator

Kelly Winters-FazioSr Academic Department Coordinator






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Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Graduates Go From Here


  • 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

Four Dickinson Students Admitted to Oxford University

Four Dickinson Students Admitted to Oxford University's Mansfield College

Dickinson is pleased to announce that four members of the class of 2026 have been accepted into the prestigious Visiting Student Programme at Oxford University’s Mansfield College.

English Major Jobs 2024

English Major Jobs 2024

English majors secure jobs at BNY Mellon and Pennsylvania College Advising Corps.

Opening New Doors

Opening New Doors

“Take chances on the things you’re passionate about,” says Justice Roney ’24, who rediscovered her passion through Dickinson's spring musical.

The Vast Bounty of Literature and Film and Media

The Vast Bounty of Literature and Film and Media

Associate Professor of English Siobhan Phillips brings her students into the literary fold and impresses upon them the importance of staying there forever.

Dickinson Celebrates Outstanding Research & Writing  

Dickinson Celebrates Outstanding Research & Writing  

Dickinson honors the winners of its annual FYS Excellence in Writing Award, the Prize for Excellence in First Year Research and the Research Prize for Sophomores or Juniors.

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.