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English (B.A.)

English majors at Endicott gain a solid understanding of literary history, terms, and genres through introductory and survey courses, while they explore their interests through an assortment of innovative literature and writing courses. Concentrations in Creative Writing, Literary Studies and Secondary Education leading to Massachusetts state teacher licensure are available to interested students.

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English majors at Endicott gain a solid understanding of literary history, terms, and genres through introductory and survey courses, while they explore their interests through an assortment of innovative literature and writing courses. Through coursework, research projects, and their own creative endeavors, they examine the complex relationships between text, author, and reader, and in doing so gain valuable analytical and communication skills. The College's unique emphasis on internships means that all English majors experience a variety of career options before graduation.

Outside of class, many students participate in the student-run Endicott Review, which publishes and promotes student writing, and the Endicott Literary Society. Majors can also get hands-on experience working with the Ibbetson Street Press, a well-established literary press in the Boston area with which Endicott is formally affiliated.

All English majors are required to take introductory courses in British and American literature, but within the major, students have a choice of focus:

Literary Studies Concentration: Students develop knowledge of significant trends, themes, and genres in American Literature and British Literature. They also demonstrate knowledge of specific periods and literary forms through chosen electives and draw from a range of methodologies and theories when analyzing literary texts.

Creative Writing Concentration: Students examine and discuss literary texts in literature and creative writing classes that help them develop their own voices and approaches to writing. They then refine and showcase their skills in upper-level creative writing classes and through a senior-year project/portfolio.

English with Secondary Education Teacher Licensure concentration: Students electing to become middle or high school teachers can select the concentration in Secondary Education with Teacher Licensure.


Imagine Yourself Here...

Examples of Recent English Major Internships:

Rockport Publishers
Cheshire Public Library
Imagine Nation Children's Museum
WXRV The River 92.5 FM
Random House, Inc.
Mass. Audubon North Shore Advocacy
Beverly School for the Deaf
Hamptons Magazine
Puritan Press
Earthwatch Institute
The Beverly Citizen


Public Relations

Download the English Career Sheet for more options and information.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the major and minor movements in literary history.
  2. Write expository essays that are polished and that advance coherent, well-reasoned arguments.
  3. Use a range of literary theories, terms, and approaches when analyzing literary texts.
  4. Explain the identifying characteristics of a broad range of literary genres.
  5. Explaining the role of multiculturalism and diversity in the history and interpretation of literature.
  6. Creative Writing concentrators will demonstrate an ability to produce original work, take risks and experiment in a variety of forms, e.g. poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, and screenplays.
  7. Produce a substantial and original work of scholarship using primary and secondary sources. Creative Writing concentrators will produce a collection of short stories, poems, a novella, a screenplay, etc.
  8. Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skill needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  9. Make connections between their major and professional opportunities through a variety of internships.
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Professor William Harney
Professor Harney, a longstanding member of the English Department, is as comfortable chatting about the Beat Movement as he is taking students through new and exciting readings of Shakespearean tragedies. Though he specialized in Renaissance literature as a graduate student, Professor Harney's interests now range from multicultural literature to Modernist poets, from outsider characters who roam through 20th-century literature to futuristic worlds depicted fantastically on film. Fascinated by the ways our landscapes, like literature, can be read to reveal who we are, Professor Harney has spent time designing gardens around campus, creating relaxing spaces where students can sit to talk, reflect...or read a Shakespearean sonnet or two.
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