The diverse scholarly expertise of our faculty enables a curriculum steeped in literary tradition while fully engaged with the contemporary world. We endeavor to teach our students to read, evaluate, and write clearly about “the prose of the world,” the myriad texts they will be confronted with both at Cornell College and in their future lives. 

Majors take at least two foundation courses, complete a variety of upper-level courses in American and British Literature, and gain in-depth knowledge through a concentration in one sub-field of English: literary studies, creative writing, or critical film studies. Senior Seminar, with its emphasis on research and life after the English major, provides a capstone experience.

We also offer a minor and we welcome non-majors—most of our courses require only the completion of one foundation course, ENG 111, or another approved writing course to enroll.

Off-campus Study

We extend our classroom beyond campus on a regular basis. Whether exploring the theatre and architecture of England, nature writing in northern Minnesota, the literature of Africa or the Caribbean, or the historic literary treasures of Chicago's Newberry Library, students' imaginations are opened to new worlds of insight and possibility. Read more


Students can earn course credit while pursuing internships for a block or longer, and we consider internships to be an important part of our degree program. They allow students to clarify goals, make connections, and perform meaningful work in a variety of fields. Read more

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