Evie Shockley with class (Copyright 2012, Nick Romanenko)

The study of English language and literature is a dynamic, evolving discipline, committed to the examination of both established and emerging literary traditions, and to the critical analysis of the language that shapes our lives. Rutgers English offers courses dedicated to the study of writing in English from around the world, across historical periods and from a variety of critical perspectives.

We offer up to 100 classes per semester, so there are always plenty of choices. We offer the best of both the traditional and the cutting edge. From Geoffrey Chaucer to Claudia Rankine, colonial era writing in the Americas to emerging new fiction from Africa, from Old English to multimedia composition, there are plenty of courses to stimulate your intellectual curiosity and satisfy your desire to learn.

Of course, no matter what the topic may be, every English class is rooted in the challenges and pleasures of reading, writing, and thinking.

For English majors and minors, as well as for Creative Writing minors, our program provides many opportunities to meet in small classes with world-renowned experts in the field. Average class size is in the twenties, with a mix of smaller seminars and larger introductory courses. We offer a robust program for honors students writing a senior thesis.

Our majors go on to careers in a wide range of fields, including education, journalism, public policy, publishing, theater, marketing and management. English is a classic entryway into professional schools, including law, education, and, more recently, medicine. Many of our students are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at top graduate schools around the country.

Feel free to take a look around our website and please get in touch with us if you have any questions.  Our offices in Murray Hall 104 and 106 are always open to welcome you.

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