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PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in Fall 2021, applications will no longer be accepted for the English major and minor. As an alternative option, feel free to explore our Communication major with a Creative Writing minor.

Are you interested in writing? Self-empowerment? Connecting thoughts and feelings with a way to express them? Exploring all areas of human existence? Film, books, or any form of expressive media? Then you may want to pursue an English degree.

The study of English and Writing allows one to explore many diverse areas combined into a single major. Where else can you study music, film, books, and pop culture simultaneously?

Studying English and Writing allows one to connect the past with what is current, both in terms of study and in terms of exploration. By exploring how people thought about current events in the past, we are able to learn more about ourselves.

With a degree in English, you will possess the qualities employers and graduate schools seek out most when recruiting potential candidates: advanced writing skills, proficiency in reading and responding critically, and both strong problem solving and communicating skills.

Experience a current, progressive, and vibrant teaching and learning environment that prepares majors and minors to be mature thinkers suitable to all fields of work, and more importantly, life beyond college.

Courses You'll Love

Culture of France
Film and Novel
Multicultural Literature in America
Philosophy of Sex and Gender
The Meaning of Life
Writing Poetry

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Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Actor
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  • Campaign Manager
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  • Curator
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
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  • Marketing Manager
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  • Social Media Manager
  • Sports Writer
  • Video Producer

Our Alumni in the Field

Our students and alumni are making their mark as:

  • Bankers, entrepreneurs, and managers
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  • ESPN writers
  • Graphic designers
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  • Social workers across the U.S.
  • Teachers throughout New England


With one required internship and the opportunity to pursue as many others as they’d like, Curry students have the chance to fill their e-portfolio with a variety of incredible experiences. With Boston just 7 miles away, you’re at the center of opportunity at Curry.

Directed Study and Capstone Projects

In Directed Studies, students work one-on-one with a professor, conducting research on a topic that reflects their passion. In addition, all seniors complete a Capstone Project, producing professional writing samples perfect for job and graduate school applications.

All English majors must complete 30 credits hours above the 1000-level. English majors must take a core curriculum of six courses (listed below) for a total of 18 credits. Four additional courses above the 1000-level, or an additional 12 credits, must be taken in order to complete the major. Those wishing to focus on a specific area must fulfill the specific requirements for their chosen concentration.


ENG 1180 Introduction to Literary Studies 3


Core Requirements:

Students majoring in any of the concentrations in English must include in their program all of the following six courses for a total of 18 credits:

ENG 2010 Major British Writers I 3
ENG 2020 Major British Writers II 3
ENG 2110 American Literature I 3
ENG 2120 American Literature II 3
ENG 3700 Shakespeare 3
ENG 3980 Capstone Course for English Majors 3

English Electives:

12 credits at the 2000- or 3000-level, or consult requirements for concentrations.

Total: 30 Credits

12 credits of English courses, including the following:

ENG 1180 Introduction to Literary Studies
And any two of the following:
ENG 2010 Major British Writers I
ENG 2020 Major British Writers II
ENG 2110 American Literature I
ENG 2120 American Literature II

And one additional ENG course at the 2000-level or above

Students in the English program will:

  1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of works from different periods and genres within the evolving canon of English language texts.
  2. Contextualize and connect specific texts with broader historical and cultural knowledge and perspectives.
  3. Demonstrate critical reading skills for analyzing and evaluating a range of texts.
  4. Produce focused, well-developed, analytical and argumentative writing that incorporates a variety of oral, printed, and/or visual texts.
  5. Demonstrate proper documentation of primary and secondary sources.
  6. Apply understanding of literary aesthetics to readings or their own creative work.
  7. Comprehend a variety of literary terms and expressions derived from diverse cultural and social experiences, and realize the importance of gender, class, race, and geographical location as categories of literary analysis.
  8. Develop analytical perspectives and enriched vocabularies that can be employed in other professions and disciplines.
  9. Understand the value of studying the Humanities and recognize its contribution to other disciplines.

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