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Program Overview

English at Furman opens your mind to texts and films from around the world and gives you tools for interpreting them. You may encounter texts as varied as 14th-century English literature or slave narratives from the Americas. Then again, you might find yourself polishing professional writing skills, writing a screenplay or poem, critiquing a film, or crafting journalistic headlines. What is remarkable is the tremendous amount of time that faculty members spend with individual students, helping them to develop critical thinking and writing skills. The English major curriculum is broad and rich, and the department boasts a diverse and highly trained faculty who are prepared to challenge you to think and write at a high intellectual level.

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Career Opportunities

The English department is intent on broadening your scope of opportunities to choose from, both post-grad and during your time at Furman.

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Areas of Study

At Furman, you can choose an area of study you’re interested in and passionate about. Our department offers a rich array of disciplines to dive into. Whatever your choices, you’ll be enriched by our individualized approach. We meet with students one-on-one, often repeatedly, in every class we offer.

Fields within the Discipline of English

  • Literary studies
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism and professional communication
  • Cultural and literary theory
  • Linguistics
  • Film studies

Members of the English department are also involved in the following interdisciplinary minors: