Department of English

What We Do

In the department of English we explore texts through a variety of perspectives and teach students to write effectively in several modes.

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Study in the humanities helps students to build attentive, creative minds.

It fosters a historical understanding of our cultural moment rooted in awareness of what it means to be human—and the diverse ways of being human—in an ever-changing world.

English Major Concentrations

English majors at Rhode Island College concentrate in literary studies, creative writing or professional writing. All the practices learned in English classes:

  • careful analysis
  • creative problem solving
  • aesthetic awareness
  • effective communication attentive to the needs of a variety of audiences

are highly sought-after in today’s workplaces.

Future Careers

Our majors enter a wide range of careers in areas such as:

  • education, academia
  • writing, copyediting, journalism, publishing
  • communications, marketing, public relations, advertising
  • film and video editing, multimedia content development
  • arts and nonprofit administration
  • social work
  • librarianship
  • management
  • policy research
  • law

And many of our graduate go on to postgraduate study. We regularly connect with alumni and host events for current students about career options. We also place great emphasis on providing our students with the tools and skills to be career ready.

Career Readiness for Humanities Majors

Career Readiness for Humanities Majors, a new one-credit course from the Rhode Island College English Department, intentionally builds towards success after college. Students prepare their portfolios, participate in workshops with the Career Development Center and learn from alumni experience, taking away insights that the alumni had learned along their career paths.


Department of English Course Descriptions for 2024

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