Textual study and written critical analysis sit at the heart of the liberal arts experience, and the Rhodes College Department of English provides rigorous training in both. Our courses provide students with the tools necessary to read literature both attentively and critically, and to articulate those readings in formal papers that match lucidity with imagination. In addition to covering the full range of British, American, and Anglophone literature, from Beowulf to Toni Morrison, our course offerings also encompass film studies, creative writing, and creative non-fiction. Additionally, students can engage in internships and independent study. 

For a literary work to survive, it must master its medium, language. Similarly, we affirm that literary study goes hand in hand with clear, persuasive, and artful argumentation. Finely honed writing skills are not only portable and transferable across the curriculum, but also indispensable in the broader workplace.

Marshall Boswell, Chair

Department of English Faculty 



In 2003, Caki Wilkinson graduated from Rhodes with a degree in English. Today, she is an assistant professor in the English Department at Rhodes College. To learn more about Dr. Wilkinson, click here.








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Congratulations to English majors:


Amanda Blagg

John Cerrito

Max Gray

Amy Hendricks

Shelby Lund

Margaret McGowan

Joshua Muller

Samantha Smith


They have been invited to join the Rhodes College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as Members-in-Course.



Associate Professor of English Scott Newstok advocated for the liberal arts at three institutions in the past month: Mississippi State University, where he met with students from the Schackouls Honors College as part of their Shakespeare Week; Southwestern University, where he spoke about the liberal arts as the "crafts of freedom"; and Grinnell College, where he discussed career paths for humanities graduates



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