Why Study English at Elizabethtown College?

As an English major at Elizabethtown College, you have three concentrations to choose from: literature, professional writing, and secondary education. The English curriculum affords you the flexibility to enhance your intellectual interests and career options by choosing to take additional courses, pursue a minor, or even double major. You can also study abroad and take advantage of our many internship opportunities and extracurricular activities.  

Introducing the TSOL Certificate

Do you want to make a difference in another person's life? You can! Families in the Elizabethtown Community and all around the world are committing to learn the English language. We are pleased to announce that a new undergraduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) has been added beginning in fall 2017. The certificate program is comprised mostly of two-credit courses, making it easy to add to your current major, and the entire certificate only requires 10 additional credit hours of coursework. Contact Dr. Skillen to learn more about this exciting opportunity to gain valuable skills that will lead you to life-changing service opportunities. 

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The E-town College English Department App provides timely and helpful information on academic, social and cultural events happening on campus and in the English Department. Download the app today and start connecting with us! Find it in the Apple Store or in the Google Play store.

Write and be Read

Our English degree program offers students interested in feature or creative writing opportunities to see their name in print. A number of our majors are editors or writers for our campus newspaper, The Etownian; the campus literary magazine, VOX; or the student yearbook, The Conestogan. Not to mention, there are many other on and off campus opportunities to intern or work somewhere you can develop your writing portfolio and gain valuable professional experience. A robust writing portfolio is a big advantage for our graduates as they search for their first job with their English major in Pennsylvania, and beyond.

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Find an Alumni Mentor

More than 80 English department alumni volunteer as student mentors, offering career advice and sharing professional connections with current students. Each year our department hosts an alumni banquet -- an excellent opportunity for our majors to meet and mingle with former students who are now enjoying successful careers. Often times, our students know they want to write professionally, but are unsure of where to start, and our alumni mentors are able to guide them by sharing experience and offering practical advice. Concerned with job opportunities post-graduation? Don’t be--just ask our alumni base with over a 90% employment rate.  

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From the Department of English

Jesse Waters

Jesse Waters

Director of Bowers Writers House and lecturer in English.

With the understanding that interdisciplinary learning is essential for creativity and critical thinking in the workplace and with the 100th anniversary of World War I in mind Jesse Waters brought together guest lecturers from across campus to approach this singular subject from the viewpoint of their individual disciplines. Unique in its structure, the course teaches the obvious connection to history, but also shares the interpretations from a music, chemistry religious studies professors among others. This method brings students toward a new awareness of meaningful connections that exist among the disciplines. “I have always been a big believer that a liberal arts education should be interdisciplinary. … There is an interrelatedness to everything in liberal arts. Even as a student, I saw connections in different subjects to other classes.”

From the Department of English

Tara Moore

Tara Moore

Visiting Assistant Professor of English.

Tara Moore presented “Lotteries, Sortings and Choosings: Accepting and Rejecting an Assigned Future in Young Adult Literature” at the Children’s Literature Association conference in Tampa, Florida in June. Moore’s presentation explored lottery and choosing scenes in dystopian stories, such as "Divergent" and "The Hunger Games" and compared these to real-life future planning that teens make, including SAT testing and career preparation. “So many of these novels set up that scenario--an irrevocable choice--because we as readers are fascinated by what a teenager will do in that situation.”

English Literature Alum

Molly Campbell

Molly Campbell '08

Current job title: Associate in the Complex Commercial Litigation Group of Reed Smith, LLP with a focus on Business Corporate Disputes

Molly said, “I couldn’t have chosen a better one to go into the legal field” when referring to her chosen major. She feels that the emphasis on writing was the key to her success in law school. While the other skills such as analyzing writing aided her with analyzing documents, and her improvisation skills developed with Mad Cow Improv has come in handy when she needs to think on her feet in the court room these days. Her minor in Spanish has not gone unused either when communicating with clients.

Open Doors to Career Opportunities

Our close proximity to large metropolitan hubs like Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore allows our students to form connections with industry professionals, or even take internships at what could become full-time jobs.

Among our department graduates have been writers for syndicated television news programs and national magazines, award-winning sports journalists, music and film reviewers, as well as the creators of successful online magazines, web content writers, and many other careers which draw upon a strong work ethic, social skills for team projects, and outstanding communication skills. Some department alumni have also chosen to return to the classroom to teach at the high school level. E-town English majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them; opportunities they have grasped with distinction.