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Exploration and interpretation of the world through language and its application.

English majors develop close reading skills that allow them to draw powerful insights from books, films, and digital media.  At DePauw, students engage with literature as a living, breathing art form. They make connections between texts and the world.   

Our Kelly Writers Series brings award-winning writers such as Natalie Diaz and George Saunders to campus.  We also offer numerous opportunities to pursue research interests—in some cases, students work side-by-side with a professor on a conference presentation or publication.

Our faculty guide students as they draft and revise a variety of papers, and this process creates superb writers.  An English major combines reading, thinking, and communication skills: these form the foundation of an intellectual life and lead to exciting careers.

Sample Courses

  • Jane Austen
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Press A to Play: Videogame Narratives
  • Introduction to Film 
  • Reading and Literature: Poetry, Fiction and Drama
  • World Literature
  • Reading Literature: Intercultural Perspectives
  • News Writing and Editing
  • Children’s Literature
  • African-American Literature
  • Medical Humanities
  • Chaucer and His World
  • Fiction, Poetry, and Screenwriting Workshops


Career Options

  • Digital Media Consultant
  • Law (English Literature majors get the highest LSAT scores on campus)
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Publishing/Editing
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Local or National Activism
  • NGO Leadership
  • Graduate School

Develop your creative potential and purpose.

Majors and Minors