What You’ll Study

A degree in English is for the student who wants to squeeze every drop out of college. You’ll graduate with what every professional needs: unparalleled communication skills and the ability to critically analyze text and social situations. You’ll also experience the most versatile program at Warren Wilson — with opportunities to mix english with other disciplines:

  • Creative Writing
  • Gender Studies
  • Race Theory
  • History
  • Global Studies
  • Theatre
  • Cultural Studies (Philosophy & Religion)

Where Graduates Go

Motivated English graduates leave Wilson with the skills to pursue their dreams. Our recent graduates include lawyers, chocolatiers, carpenters, labor activists, grad students — experiences and professions of all kinds.

Explore Classes in This Program

ENG 210

Autobiography and Biography: Selves and Others

Both autobiography and biography have connections with religious writing (confessions and saints’ lives) and often remain strongly religious in nature. In this course, students read selected autobiographies, biographies, and “autobiographical fictions” in order to explore opportunities, choices, and problems that authors face in composing those spiritual and ethical reflections that distinguish the effort to tell a person’s life.

ENG 254

Gender Issues in the Nineteenth Century

This course concerns the controversial redefining of gender roles, for both women and men, that took place in the nineteenth century. In order to explore the cultural concerns about gender that perplexed and sometimes polarized society, students read a variety of literary works and cultural documents as they assess the complex matrix of cultural attitudes out of which evolved those dominant conceptions of manhood and womanhood that determine common modern constructions of gender.

ENG 280

Literature and War

This course examines literary representations of war. Although the readings are broad-ranging and begin with selections from pre-classical and classical Greece, the main focus is on texts associated with World War One. Authors include Siegfried Sassoon, Erich Maria Remarque, George Orwell, and Kurt Vonnegut. War-related subjects, such as the literature of peace advocacy, are taken up as well.

Meet Our Faculty

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. What our students — our alumni — make of themselves and what they make of whatever corner of the world they cultivate; that is the definitive outcome through which we know whether or not our work is effective. And they have made and continue to make remarkable things indeed.

David A. Mycoff, Ph.D.
David Mycoff
David A. Mycoff, Ph.D.
Carol Howard

I love that all our first-year seminars partner with a local non-profit whose mission is related to the academic theme of the course. Students are asked to reflect upon why the organization is meaningful, and whether it’s the kind of work they might like to do upon graduation.

Carol Howard, Ph.D.
Carol Howard
Carol Howard, Ph.D.
A. Michael Matin

I especially enjoy seeing the paths our English majors follow after graduation. They bring their unique talents and creativity to whatever work they do.

A. Michael Matin, Ph.D.
A. Michael Matin
A. Michael Matin, Ph.D.
David Mycoff
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Capstone Experiences

Honors Program in English

The English Major also offers an Honors Program for students of unusual ability. Do you have what it takes to participate in intense, small seminar classes while testing your limits on an independent research project?