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 

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Congratulations to English majors and minors, Class of 2015 & 2016,
Elizabeth Barr, Emily Hayward, Garrett Johnson, Evan Katz, Heather Lomax, Theodore Nollert, Emileigh Pope, Hayley Rosenfield, Thomas Simmermaker, Taylor White, & Lee Whitley for being inducted into Sigma Tau Delta Rhodes Chapter: Tau Sigma.


Congratulations to English majors, Class of 2016, Theodore Nollert, Thomas Simmermaker, Camille Smith and Alexandra de Witt for being tapped for membership in the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board at Rhodes College!
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Congratulations to the following English majors for being inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the college’s oldest honor society on April 7, 2015.

Class of 2015:
Bailey Heldmar
Class of 2016:
Theodore Nollert
Thomas Simmermaker
Camille Smith
Alex de Witt

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