Major or Minor in English


Students who major in English at Clark don't just possess a love of language and literature; they have an abiding sense of the power of the word that compels meaningful contributions to the larger world. Seasoned faculty will guide you as you engage in close reading, analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and cogent writing. The program encourages the development of a sense of literary history, sensitivity to cultural values, and expansive knowledge of important authors, works and periods of literature in English, as well as the tools to live a life of consequence.

The English major will prepare you for a wide variety of career paths; its adaptability makes it the quintessential “preprofessional” major.

Why Study English at Clark?

  • Explore both foundational and emergent areas of literature and culture.
  • Hone the craft of creative writing with professors who are also practicing professional novelists and poets.
  • Work with primary archival material at Worcester’s prestigious American Antiquarian Society or at Clark’s own Goddard Library Archives and Special Collections.
  • Strengthen your analytical skills and explore ethical concerns that are critical to successful preparation for a wide range of career options and graduate study.
  • Join our close-knit community of faculty and students who participate in lively intellectual and social engagements, such as ClarkWrites (the student-run creative writing blog), our annual alumni event ChowderFest, and the yearly Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference.