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Great literature engages the mind and the heart in search of answers to some of life's toughest questions. Who am I, and what has shaped me? What gives life meaning? What is love? Justice? Evil? Literature confronts and expresses the most fundamental quandary of all: what it means to be human.

As an English major at Union, you will study how great authors, from Keats to Maxine Hong Kingston, have wrestled with such questions. You will tackle a broad range of topics, including historical, cultural, gender and author studies.

Explore diverse cultures in "Discourses on the Vietnam War," "Jewish Women Writers," "Asian American Literature and Film" or "Irish Literature and Film." Delve into the relationship between culture and literature in a seminar on the Beatles. Or make your own claims about what it means to be human through creative writing workshops in a range of genres, including fiction, non-fiction prose and poetry.

Special learning opportunities

Through intensive reading, writing, research projects, oral presentations and discussions with your peers and professors, you will sharpen your analytical eye, hone your persuasive and writing skills, and develop your critical thinking skills.

"Studying English at Union means more than just being able to quote passages from Shakespeare or draw allusions to Milton. It means developing a skill set of speaking, writing and communicating well that enables us to be the storytellers of our age."
- Kim Bolduc

English majors regularly present at Union's Steinmetz Research Symposium each spring. Topics have included "The Scottish Curse," "Melville, Romanticism and the Scientific Imagination," "Poetry's Broadening Sexual Definitions” and "Challenging the Glorification of Humanity in Human and Monster Literature."

Our program is also rich in study abroad opportunities and visiting writers. Literary figures such as Maya Angelou, Andrea Barrett '72, Andre Dubus III and Richard Russo have visited campus to talk with students and give readings.

English majors contribute to the campus literary magazine, the Idol, and student newspaper, Concordiensis, as well as poetry and fiction readings. They edit and frequently publish in The Minerva Review, an undergraduate scholarly journal.

Careers

Our graduates work in advertising, business, communications, journalism, publishing, radio and television. They also pursue degrees in education and business and go on to law and medical schools. Whatever their profession, they reap the rewards of their commitment to critical analysis, clear thought and speech, and precise, graceful writing.

After Union


Associate editor, Pearson Education

Director of admissions, Champlain College

Speech language pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Editorial writer, US Weekly

Marketing assistant, LEGO Systems Inc.

Senior producer, Hot Snakes Media television concepts

Careers by field:

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Meet some of our faculty


Anastasia Pease

Anastasia Pease

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., SUNY
Special interests: Literature and science, ethics and bioethics, poetry, Russian literature, science fiction

Bernhard Kuhn

Bernhard Kuhn

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Special interests: Medicine and ethics, literature and nature, travel writing, philosophical fiction, criticism

Judith Lewin

Judith Lewin

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Special interests: The Victorian novel, women’s and gender studies, Jewish women’s fiction,  genre studies

Andrew Burkett

Andrew Burkett

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Duke University
Special interests: British romantic poetry and prose, science and technology studies, media studies, digital humanities