The study of English puts the power, history, and creative potential of language at students’ fingertips, enabling them to lead constructive and imaginative lives. 

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. The major offers two tracks: creative writing and literature. Students on the creative writing track hone their skills as poets, fiction writers, and essayists, developing their craft under the mentorship of distinguished novelists and poets.  

Students on the literature track encounter a rich variety of courses, ranging from ancient to postmodern literature and from the traditional to the experimental and avant grade. Literature students also have the opportunity to work with faculty scholars on new books and articles to learn the art of original research—a unique opportunity for undergraduate English students.

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

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