Put the power, history, and creative potential of language at your fingertips: study English!

The Department of English offers courses for all students who wish to enrich their understanding of literature and language and to develop their skills as readers and writers, enabling them to lead constructive and imaginative lives.

The major offers two tracks: creative writing and literature. On both tracks, students receive excellent training in expository writing—the kind of clear, effective prose necessary for success in any career. 

In addition to off-campus study and internships, students take active roles in the Lake Forest College Press and the Lake Forest Literary Festival

Read the latest English department newsletter.

Department News

  • What have your faculty members been up to during the summer?  Here is news from some of them.
  • Associate Professor of English Judy Dozier’s short story, “Kenny’s Friend,” was accepted for publication in the anthology Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, which is scheduled for publication in January 2017.
  • Lake Forest College is pleased to recognize fiction writer Meg Whiteford as the eighth winner of the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize, awarded annually. 

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