Engage with diverse literatures and contexts to develop your critical thinking and
writing skills as an English major at Wilkes. Concentrations in digital humanities,
literature, writing and education will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
120 (18 for minor)
Why Study English at Wilkes?
The close-knit community and co-curricular activities are hallmarks of the Wilkes
As an English major, you spend a significant amount of time reading and writing. To
thrive, you will need not only concentration, but conversation. No writer writes alone!
Our faculty share their expertise and creativity, and welcome yours in and out of
the classroom. You’ll be a vital part of the Kirby Hall community, the English Department’s
home on campus.
You can hone your writing, editorial and leadership skills outside the classroom through
co-curricular activities like:
Through an examination of American and world literature, you’ll develop critical thinking
skills that will serve you in your professional and personal life. You’ll learn to
effectively communicate your thoughts through exercises in academic, creative and
You’ll build an appreciation for and understanding of genres, including fiction, poetry,
drama and nonfiction.
In our digital humanities courses, you’ll analyze and create literary and non-literary
digital texts to enhance your experience in the remote work space.
Choose a concentration in digital humanities, literature, writing or education to best suit your education and career goals.
concentrations (digital humanities, literature, writing and education)
of English majors get full-time work in a related field with their bachelor's degree
of English majors with an education focus pass the required teacher certification
Explore Our Courses
Do you wish to...
Explore the rhetorical and linguistic strategies used by legal, government and media
Discover the roots of English drama starting in the 10th century?
Analyze the conflict of rational and irrational that permeates Gothic literature?
Our diverse course offerings provide an abundance of opportunities to study every
and all aspects of the English language.
Featured Upcoming Courses (Spring 2023)
Taught By: Dr. William Chad Stanley
Tuesday/Thursday, 1 - 2:15 p.m.
In this course situated within the general study of Modern American drama, we will
examine the work of noted American dramatist Tennessee Williams, and his two near
contemporaries William Inge and Edward Albee.
Emphasizing mid Twentieth-century American political, social, and domestic history,
we will examine six plays from the post-World War II and Cold War eras that represent
dramas of domestic spaces, homecomings, and domestic intrusions.
In the process of our work, we will consider and analyze drama:
as a literary genre;
as enacted, in performance;
as received and written about, in criticism; and
as adapted, in cinematic adaptation.
Course requirements will include one in-class presentation, two 4-5 page Dramatic
Analysis Papers, an Annotated Bibliography, and a 10-page Research Paper.
Taught By: Dr. Lawrence Kuhar
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
English 222 is an introduction to the field of Digital Humanities with an emphasis
on how digital processes and products impact the development and study of literature,
language, culture, and the other disciplines of the Humanities. We will consider how
digital tools and technology impact the study of literature and culture and how digital
media reimagines the connection between literature and disciplines such as cultural
studies, communication, and film and media studies.
English 222 provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in and to specialize
in an emerging and increasingly influential field in English and Cultural Studies.
This course directly engages the immediate and long-term challenges and opportunities
that digital technologies pose for the history and future of human literary, textual,
linguistic, cultural, and scholarly production.
Taught By: Dr. Helen H. Davis
Monday/Wednesday, 1 - 2:15 p.m.
The Victorian era was a great time for literature: the realist novel was in its heyday,
writers thought of themselves as actively engaging in the political and philosophical
issues of the time and actively used literature to explore many manifestations of
these issues. The Victorian period was also a time of tremendous innovation, as new
scientific fields and understandings emerged, and new ways of seeing the world shifted
religious views, economic and social structures, and literary structures. It was also
the height of the British empire. Slavery ends in the colonies in 1833 with the Slavery
Abolition Act, but near-slavery conditions were common throughout the colonies and
resources were still stripped from colonized locations. Gender norms are both reinforced
and resisted, and by the end of the period, the New Woman emerges.
Writers may include: Brontë, Dickens, Eliot, Wilde, Browning, Tennyson, Hardy, Mill,
Arnold, Rossetti, Prince, Schreiner, Stevenson, and Collins, along with some smaller
excerpts and critical pieces. We will also pay careful attention to narrative structure
and the development of narrative techniques. This course can count towards the literature
requirement for a period or as a Digital Humanities (DH) course. This course is also
eligible for the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.
Students in this course can expect to make one class presentation, write a paper that
critiques a scholarly source, write a 10-15-page research paper with an annotated
bibliography, complete digital research assignments, and take a mid-term and final
If you’re pondering a career as an attorney, consider pursuing an English major. A
BA in English will give you a solid foundation of reading comprehension, compelling
writing and analytical thinking.
Through Wilkes’ pre-law program, you’ll work with a pre-law advisor in addition to
your advisor in the English department. The pre-law program provides guidance on law
school preparation and admission, as well as access to guest speakers and law school
Wilkes English majors consistently earn some of the highest scores on the Law School
Admission Test (LSAT) as well as admission and full scholarships to highly ranked