English embraces both the critical study of texts and the production of texts. We define texts broadly to include theater performances, films, and new media. The major fosters exploration, analysis, discussion, and understanding, and it encourages reading and writing as lifelong pursuits for any professional.



Studying literature doesn’t just mean encounters with Shakespeare and Austen and Frost. We are committed not only to British and American literature, but also to an ever-expanding horizon of inquiry, including African-American literature, Irish literature, Caribbean literature, and to works in all genres.

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Students involved in theater at Lafayette cross boundaries that teach them about the stage but even more about themselves. Dedicated theater faculty and adventurous students are at the center of collaboration across disciplines that guarantees the very best liberal arts education anywhere—on stage or off.

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Students in writing produce sophisticated texts through diverse methods of composition, including creative writing, journalism, rhetoric, screen writing, nonfiction prose, new media, and literature.

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