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


Siobhan PhillipsAssociate Professor of English

Department coordinator

Kelly Winters-FazioSr Academic Department Coordinator






3rd & 4th Floors East College Mailing Address

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

“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

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.

Student Snapshot: Allan Farfan Canales ’23

Student Snapshot: Allan Farfan Canales ’23

Allan Farfan Canales ‘23 has written screenplays and short stories and created a mixtape about his first year at Dickinson.

Podcast: Vox Staff Writer Fabiola Cineas ’12

Podcast: Vox Staff Writer Fabiola Cineas ’12

In this episode of Dickinson's podcast, "The Good," we talk with Fabiola Cineas '12, a reporter covering race for Vox.


Dickinson's Stellfox Program Offers Students Virtual Literary Master Classes

Dickinson will preserve the spirit of the annual Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholar and Writers Program through a series of virtual literary master classes for students.

Cogan Fellowship 2021:

Cogan Fellowship 2021: 'Covering Race in the Age of Trump—and After'

Fabiola Cineas '12 discusses her path leading to ‘Vox’ as a race reporter.

Dickinson Alumna and Lawyer Forges Second Successful Career as Novelist

Dickinson Alumna and Lawyer Forges Second Successful Career as Novelist

Amy Shelley Impellizzeri '92 always knew what she wanted to do with her life. Then a deadly plane crash hit close to home, literally, and she realized she needed a change.