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ENGLISH LITERATURE

Why Choose English Literature?

Elmira College enjoys a proud association with literary history. Mark Twain wrote his most famous works in the octagonal study now located on the EC campus. In appreciation of this legacy, English faculty and students emulate Twain's imaginative and inquisitive nature. Literary education is not an end in itself, but rather a precursor to wisdom earned by continual, skeptical testing of that education against other experience and expertise.

What English Literature Will Teach You!

Students are expected to be open-minded explorers of culture and media. English courses stress inclusion, investigating unfamiliar ideas, and interrogating prejudices. "As to the past, there is but one good thing about it, and that is, that it is the past," said Twain. "There is nothing in it worth pickling." The English curriculum is, like Twain, unapologetically modern. English majors are expected to be imaginative and technically proficient writers in a range of creative and critical genres.

Where English Literature Can Take You!

Elmira College English majors are prepared not only for careers in education, publishing, and communications, but also to welcome unexpected challenges and excel under changing conditions.

Why Choose English Literature?

Elmira College enjoys a proud association with literary history. Mark Twain wrote his most famous works in the octagonal study now located on the EC campus. In appreciation of this legacy, English faculty and students emulate Twain's imaginative and inquisitive nature. Literary education is not an end in itself, but rather a precursor to wisdom earned by continual, skeptical testing of that education against other experience and expertise.

What English Literature Will Teach You!

Students are expected to be open-minded explorers of culture and media. English courses stress inclusion, investigating unfamiliar ideas, and interrogating prejudices. "As to the past, there is but one good thing about it, and that is, that it is the past," said Twain. "There is nothing in it worth pickling." The English curriculum is, like Twain, unapologetically modern. English majors are expected to be imaginative and technically proficient writers in a range of creative and critical genres.

Where English Literature Can Take You!

Elmira College English majors are prepared not only for careers in education, publishing, and communications, but also to welcome unexpected challenges and excel under changing conditions.

The below links provide a helpful guide to the most current major/minor core courses and electives. Full program requirements and course descriptions are located in the Elmira College Bulletin.

Contacts:

  • Dr. Mitchell Lewis, Associate Professor of English; Chair of Humanities & Creative Arts | mlewis@elmira.edu

Full-time Faculty:

  • Dr. Joshua Barsczewski, Assistant Professor of English; Director of Writing
  • Dr. Mitchell Lewis, Associate Professor of English; Chair of Humanities & Creative Arts
  • Dr. MaryJo Mahoney, Associate Professor of English
  • Dr. Matt Seybold, Assistant Professor of American Literature; Mark Twain Studies Editor-in-Chief

English regularly offers Term III travel courses, most recently to the United Kingdom.

Clubs:

  • Sybil (Student Literary Magazine)

Internships:

An internship with Elmira College's Center for Mark Twain Studies is available to successful students.