Fulbright sending Wenger to Turkey

Emily Wenger ’14 is capping four years of involvement in English and theatre with a Fulbright in Turkey, where she hopes to continue studying and teaching both. Read More

Liberal arts lead Engel back to law

Luplow reflects on a semester of creative insights

Science and creativity converge in writing course

Theatre, Arts & Architecture in England  

English faculty and students travel to England for a block every other year 

Boundary Waters courses  

Two English courses offer wilderness immersion experiences 

English course production of "As You Like It"  

English students stage full Shakespearean productions every other year 


Students frequently pursue internships in editing, publishing, and other fields 

English 2.0  

Professor Leslie Hankins explores film and photography in her courses 

English Department featured  

The department was profiled in the Winter 2009 Cornell Report 

English & Creative Writing

Program overview

The Department of English and Creative Writing offers a broad range of courses for majors and non-majors alike, including off-campus courses ranging from Chicago to Namibia and courses that emphasize global and social concerns such as “AIDS Literature, Film, and Social Theory” and “American Nature Writers.” The major fosters a general understanding of English and American literary history while enabling students to concentrate in one of three areas: literature, creative writing, or film studies.

Center for the Literary Arts

Students can also take part in Cornell’s vibrant literary life through opportunities supported by the Center for the Literary Arts. Through the center's programs, students can take courses led by distinguished visiting writers, attend readings and workshops, contribute to the literary magazine Open Field, or participate in one of the many creative student organizations on campus.