English is the way we communicate, understand the human condition and relate to those around us through literature and writing.
The English program at Davis & Elkins College encourages you to use your talents and abilities to make a difference in the world through language. You’ll be given the tools to dive into your next writing adventure, dissect the English language, and promote education and understanding while focusing on your own interests in one of three concentration areas – literature, writing or education.
Literature: If you choose the literature concentration, your coursework will focus on ways of reading and engaging with multiple literatures. Recent courses have included traditional studies of British and American literature as well as special topics including “Women in Literature,” “Text and Context: Science Fiction” and “Single Author Study: Flannery O’Connor.” The literature concentration prepares students for range of careers from law and publishing to business and library instruction.
Writing: Unique for a small college, the writing concentration combines creative and professional writing courses to prepare you for a variety of writing careers, including technical and grant writing as well as public relations and advertising or marketing. Recent courses have included “Writing for Digital Media,” “Creative Non-Fiction” and “Writing in the Professions.”
Education: An education concentration will prepare you for teaching English at the middle or high school levels. Students on this track complete the core curriculum in English as well as an education minor, including observations and student teaching in the local public schools. Most graduates pursue middle or high school English positions, but other teaching and mentoring careers include curriculum development, corporate or government training and library instruction.
Regardless of your concentration, the supportive community of the English Department and a broad range of courses will teach you thoughtfulness, understanding, dedication, attention to detail and creativity. Dedicated faculty members create an inspiring environment where you and your peers can learn from each other and share your ideas and interests.
Through the on-campus publications, Aurora and The Senator, faculty mentors will help you prepare your work for sharing with a public audience. You’ll also be able to share your work at the annual College Writing Showcase or open mic events. The College also welcomes writers from around the country to campus for an annual Writers’ Series. Engaging opportunities exist off campus, as well. Internships in the community, such as The Inter-Mountain newspaper, and study abroad programs are all available to students studying English.
The main objective of the English program is for students to be able to contribute an original argument to the scholarly conversation, which means:
- Students will demonstrate understanding of the development and evolution of literary traditions.
- Students will apply different critical approaches and methods at the heart of literary criticism.
- Students will utilize standard conventions of writing in the humanities.
- Students will engage in oral communication in a manner appropriate to the humanities.
- Students will demonstrate information fluency in the humanities.