A cornerstone of Boston College's thriving liberal arts tradition, English is one of the largest departments in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences. Our interdisciplinary approach deepens students' understanding of today's world through course offerings in literary and cultural history, genre, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, migration, disability, the environment, digital humanities, and creative writing.

Our Programs

The English major and minor offer a range of courses and interdisciplinary offerings while introducing fundamental skills in close reading, literary analysis, and critical thinking, preparing you for diverse careers.

The English Department offers interdisciplinary minors and concentrations in American Studies, Asian American Studies, Creative Writing, Irish Studies, Journalism, and Medical Humanities.

As part of a thriving research university with over 5,000 graduate students, the English Department offers a two-year M.A. program, a selective Ph.D. program, and an M.A.T. program for English teachers.

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Why Study English?

An English degree from Boston College will prepare you to understand our changing world and thrive in it. Our graduates work as writers, journalists, academics, attorneys, physicians, and beyond.

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