Department of English

When it comes to class, Professor Judy Dozier isn't afraid to make some noise. Her English lectures are always filled with lively discussion.When it comes to class, Professor Judy Dozier isn't afraid to make some noise. Her English lectures are always filled with lively discussion.

The Department of English offers courses central to a liberal arts education, not only for English majors but also for other students who wish to enrich their understanding of literature and language and to develop their skills as readers and writers.

These are skills essential to leading constructive and imaginative lives. They also provide preparation for careers in law, teaching, publishing, advertising, communications, business, and medicine—for any work that requires the ability to read, to write, and to integrate information in meaningful patterns.

In our curriculum, students will find a rich variety of literature courses, ranging from the ancient to the postmodern, from the canonical to the experimental and avant-garde.

All students in the English department engage in the Classics of Literature Sequence (210: Ancient and Medieval Literature; 211: English Literature 1: The Renaissance and Eighteenth Century; 212: English Literature 2: The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries), as well as two courses in our American Literature Sequence. From there, paths diverge as students choose the Creative Writing Track or the Literature Track of the major.

Students on the Creative Writing Track are able to hone their skills as poets, fiction writers, and essayists, developing their craft under the mentorship of distinguished novelists and poets. 

On both tracks, students receive excellent training in expository writing—the kind of clear, effective prose necessary for success in any career. The English department also works to develop students’ writing skills across the College by co-administering the College’s Writing Program in concert with the Writing Center.

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

Department News

  • Image preview
    George Koppelman, a rare-book dealer who believes he purchased William Shakespeare’s personal dictionary on eBay, will speak on campus at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 20.
  • Image preview
    The famed Chicago Humanities Festival has partnered with Lake Forest College to mark the 100th birthday of Beat icon William S. Burroughs, America’s “most audacious writer.”
  • Image preview
    In a Huffington Post column, Professor of English Davis Schneiderman, normally a believer in playing with others’ words and appropriating text, chides an imposter who claims Davis’s father died, when in actuality, Phil Schneiderman is very much alive. Read his view on the matter in this post here.
View All Majors & Minors