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English Majors
  • Literature

    The literature major focuses on interpreting significant texts of American, British and global literature. This process involves careful reading, attention to contexts, thoughtful analysis and clear written explanation. Through this study, literature majors develop skills that are transferable to many contexts, and gain insights into themselves and their relationship to a changing world. As scholars have stated for centuries, literature offers insight and pleasure, and motivates personal and social change. It challenges us to see the world more fully and to interpret it more carefully.

    Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin.  

    Creative Writing

    The creative writing major prepares students as writers of imaginative literature: fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The major also serves students who want to teach creative writing, who seek careers as editors, or who simply strive to find creative solutions in any field.

    As all great writers are great readers first, creative writing majors must complete a variety of courses in literature. They also take introductory and advanced creative writing courses and may work on and submit their work to "ReCap,” Capital’s student-edited literary magazine. In addition, opportunities occur throughout the year to take part in open readings of their work and to attend readings by distinguished writers.

    Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin. 

    Professional Writing and Journalism

    The professional writing/journalism major combines the theory and practice of designing, critiquing, crafting and editing written documents. Students receive training in identifying communication needs of specific audiences and addressing such needs through effective communication of information.

    The journalism component of the major provides multiple opportunities for print, visual and digital media production. The program also offers courses in technical writing and editing, in writing new media and in research writing across disciplines and professions.

    Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin.