The English major at Warren Wilson College is a classics-to-contemporary literature program, with an honors option for students of unusual ability.
By studying the classics in their historical and cultural contexts, students learn what motivated authors of the past and begin to see how earlier works have inspired modern approaches to literature. By studying twentieth-century literature, students begin to see the classics through the eyes of modern writers and learn how the modern world has sparked innovations in literary form.
The English Department offers interdisciplinary elective courses to combine students' interests in literature with the study of religion, philosophy, women's studies, ethnic studies, or global studies. We also sponsor joint programs with the Theatre and Writing departments, and we house the college's interdepartmental Great Books course. Through the Study Abroad program, the English Department offers field courses on Theatre in London and the Renaissance and Reformation in northern Italy.