What are beauty, reason, imagination, and art? What are happiness, virtue, and freedom? How does one understand the relationship between an author and his or her own time? What do the traditions of literature teach an aspiring young writer about craft, vision, and excellence? As a Hillsdale English major, you’ll embark on the quest for greater understanding by reading and discussing major authors, primarily in the American, British, and continental traditions. The study of literature will form your judgment and intuition, and transform your ability to communicate, especially in writing. Our commitment is unmatched when it comes to mentoring students and forming graduates who can reason, write and speak exceptionally well. As an English major, you will join an ambitious and principled community of scholars and friends dedicated to the College's mission: the high calling of liberal education in the pursuit of truth. English is offered as both a major and minor.
“To enrich our understanding of narrative and metaphor is to deepen our love of God, the magnificent author of our shared story.”
Lorraine Murphy, English
J. A. Jackson
"Just don’t take any course where you have to read Beowulf." -- Woody Allen, Annie Hall
J. A. Jackson, English
Great Books in the Western Tradition: Ancient to MedievalRead More about "Great Books in the Western Tradition: Ancient to Medieval"
This course will introduce the student to representative Great Books of the Western World from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.Read More about "Great Books in the Western Tradition: Ancient to Medieval"
Victorian and Modern British Literature: 1830-presentRead More about "Victorian and Modern British Literature: 1830-present"
A literary survey of Victorian and Modern literature in the context of its age.Read More about "Victorian and Modern British Literature: 1830-present"
Colonial and Early American Literature: 1620-1820Read More about "Colonial and Early American Literature: 1620-1820"
A literary survey of Colonial and Early American Literature in the context of its age.Read More about "Colonial and Early American Literature: 1620-1820"