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.
Five writers and scholars visited campus for the 10th annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, themed “translation.”
Jessica Null Vealitzek, who graduated from the College with an American Studies major in 1998, is celebrating her debut novel, The Rooms Are Filled (She Writes Press, April 2014) with a launch party and reading on Wednesday, April 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Arlington Heights. The book tells the story of “two lost souls [who] come together by circumstance: nine-year-old Michael, a Minnesota farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his proper, young–closeted–teacher, Julia Parnell, a woman trying to begin again after a failed attempt to live openly.”
In his latest essay for HuffPost, Professor of English Davis Schneiderman explodes five myths about the late writer William S. Burroughs, whose 100th birthday was earlier this month.