The Millsaps English Literature department has designed a curriculum which reflects both our respect for intellectual traditions and an appreciation of the way those traditions have been transformed by the inclusion of other voices: Sir Philip Sidney and Mary Sidney Herbert, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Faulkner and Richard Wright.
Although we come from diverse backgrounds and with different experiences, we can find common ground as readers, writers, and thinkers. English Literature majors will learn how to read and interpret complex texts, how to relate one text to another and to a tradition, and how to read texts as part of their cultural and multicultural contexts. These skills are both essential to living productive and imaginative lives and are also excellent preparations for careers in advertising, business, journalism, law, government, or teaching, to name a few of the most common choices of English Literature majors.
We offer courses organized in different ways: around historical periods, single authors, cultural studies, or interpretative problems - to name a few. We also offer courses in both expository and creative writing, and we encourage students to share their work with others either informally or in the Stylus, the college literary magazine, which recently won an award at the Southern Literary Festival as the best literary magazine.
Framed by the "Introduction to Interpretation" and the "Senior Colloquium," the English Literature program allows students to pursue particular interests and lines of inquiry within broad distribution requirements. We encourage students to enrich their advanced study by taking courses in philosophy, history, and other disciplines.
A student majoring in English Literature will acquire four types of literary critical proficiency:
"What do you do with a B.A. in English Literature? What is my life going to be?"
- Avenue Q
Who says you can only flip burgers if you major in English Literature?! Millsaps grads with a major in English have many different options for exciting careers in diverse fields - at least that's what we discovered when we surveyed English Literature majors who graduated from Millsaps between 1988 and 1998 about their careers.
These former English Literature majors report that their Millsaps education and training helped them land and keep good jobs in such fields as:
The Millsaps English Club sponsors programs and parties for English majors. See Drs. Miller and Franey, faculty advisors, for more information. The English House, the brick house adjacent to Sullivan-Harrell, is the location for most of the offices of the English faculty, and provides a place for formal and informal gatherings of students and faculty, such as Sigma Tau Delta initiations, poetry readings, our annual senior breakfast at graduation, receptions for visiting writers and scholars, and parties. The department and the English Club welcome your ideas for using the public areas of the English House fully.