English concentrators analyze language and form in the ongoing history of literatures in English, learning how literature shapes and is shaped by the world. We promote original work on new questions of history, criticism, and theory. And we invite practices of reading and writing that challenge the creation of knowledge in our fields. The curriculum includes courses from the range of literatures in English and in addition to the regular concentration offers a "track" in Nonfiction Writing, which attends to critical writing, the research paper, journalism, creative writing, and nonfiction writing. One of the largest humanities concentrations at Brown, English provides a strong foundation for a liberal education and for careers in many sectors of the changing spectrum of employment: the media, teaching, finance, government, corporate research and administration. English concentrators routinely go on to law, medical, and professional schools as well as to graduate education in literature and the arts.
Students in this concentration will:
- Explore literatures in English from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present
- Understand English texts from transnational perspectives
- Develop advanced skills in critical reading and thinking
- Become conversant in literary theory
- Hone their writing abilities
- Produce a body of work that includes analytical essays, research papers, and other non-fiction writing
Click here for a list of the English concentration requirements.
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
A capstone experience is available to concentrators who qualify for the English and Nonfiction Writing Honors Programs. Honors candidates must write a thesis during the senior year under the supervision of a thesis advisor. Students apply early in the second semester of their junior year. A number of "senior seminars," restricted to senior English concentrators, are also offered each year as "capstone" experiences. Please see the department’s website for admission procedures and requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
- Expand your reading skills
- Understand differences among cultures
- Embrace diversity
- Engage with your community
- Learn what it means to study the past
- Evaluate human behavior
- Work on your speaking and writing
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Alumni with a concentration in English have gone on to work in immigration and other types of law, journalism, business, technology consulting, counseling psychology, policy analysis, and in a variety of arts and entertainment industries. For more information, visit the English department's website.
Dept. Undergraduate Group
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