"My English degree is the foundation of my career. If you can write, you can do anything."
~ Jimmy Daly
"My professors taught me how to think creatively, read analytically and write persuasively. "
~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My studies provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I became an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta hosts an annual Poe Night at the Deer Park Tavern in late October to celebrate the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Attendance is not limited to honor society members - all Poe enthusiasts are welcome to come!
The English Major provides students with the opportunity to design their own course of study. The major includes courses in a broad range of subjects, from creative writing to professional writing, fiction to journalism, memos to poetry, blogs to film. Students learn how to create, analyze, contextualize, and explain a broad range of texts, from classic literature to the documents that drive the corporate world. They learn about the diverse cultural traditions that are fundamental to American history, and they acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive as global citizens.
Today's professional skills might be outdated quickly, but the ability to read and write effectively, to analyze and explain, to see through deceptive rhetoric, to interpret complex narratives, and to shape new possibilities – such skills will always be in demand. The English Major helps students develop these skills by focusing on critical literacy in a wide range of professional and historical contexts, engaging students in the history and practice of expressive culture, the ways in which people have tried to make sense of the world, or the ways in which people have responded to the sense that others have made – on the page, screen, or stage, in the classroom and beyond. Students learn to read both texts and contexts, to interpret both intended and unintended meanings, to identify both deliberately crafted and emerging patterns, and to explain their findings in ways that others will understand and appreciate. English Majors learn how to tell their own stories, how to be independent citizens of a demanding but rewarding world.
Of the 36 credits required for the English Major, nine are to be from courses distributed across three categories — "Literary History," "Textual Analysis and Production," and "Cultural Diversity" — as well as a 3-credit capstone experience. The remaining 24 credits can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of individual students.
Students should work with faculty advisors and mentors to determine the best course of study for their personal and professional plans.
Students read their original poetry to a packed house at the UD Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Main Street.
Choose one course from each of the three categories listed below.
Literary History (one course required)
ENGL202 – Biblical and Classical LiteratureENGL204 – American LiteratureENGL205 – British Literature to 1660ENGL206 – British Literature 1660 to PresentENGL216 – African American Literature Survey
Textual Analysis and Production (one course required)
ENGL215 – Introduction to Cultural Theory and DifferenceENGL222 – Introduction to Professional WritingENGL225 – Introduction to Rhetoric and Writing StudiesENGL227 – Introduction to Creative WritingENGL294 – English Language: Grammar and UsageENGL300 – Introduction to Literary Criticism and TheoryENGL361 – Studies in Literary Criticism and TheoryENGL394 – English Language: Rhetorical and Cultural Contexts
Cultural Diversity (one course required)
ENGL214 – Literature and GenderENGL278 – Studies in DiversityENGL344 – African American Literature IENGL345 – African American Literature IIENGL348 – Contemporary Jewish-American LiteratureENGL350 – Studies in Jewish LiteratureENGL376 – World LiteratureENGL378 – Caribbean LiteratureENGL381 – Women in LiteratureENGL382 – Studies in Multicultural Literature in EnglishENGL390 – English Linguistics
The annual ENGL/THEA winter session study abroad trip to London is always a popular draw.
You're free to take an exciting variety of courses that appeal to you that are not necessarily are related, or you can focus your electives with a defined emphasis or in a personalized program of study. You will work closely with your advisor to choose those courses and define your plan of study.
Many English majors strengthen their journalistic and editorial muscles by working for The Review, UD's student-run newspaper.
Taken in your senior year. Options include:
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