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In the English program, you will hone your abilities in communication, critical thinking, and creativity, which will prepare you for a variety of vocations. These skills will also help you develop a creative, perceptive life beyond work. Recent graduates have entered fields such as law, publishing, performing arts, ministry, and teaching.

Degree Details

As an English major, you will study language and literature within the contexts of history, philosophy, religion, science, and the other arts. The English department offers four areas of interest: writing, literature, English education, and theater.

  • Writing: The emphasis in writing prepares you for fields such as journalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, and creative writing. While at Erskine, you can gain hands-on experience through externships with newspapers, magazines, or television stations, and through work-study and extracurricular opportunities.
  • Literature: A focus on literature prepares you for careers or graduate studies in law, government, library science, counseling, Christian education, and ministry. As you study literature, you will also enhance your abilities in critical analysis, writing, and research.
  • Theater: An emphasis in theater develops skills in creative thinking, acting, and public speaking. The theater focus prepares you for careers that require communication skills, including the performing arts.
  • English Education: If you are interested in teaching English at the secondary level, consider the English major along with an education minor. Erskine has sent graduates to teach locally and as far away as South Korea and China.

English majors gain the necessary skills to excel in graduate studies and in a variety of productive, satisfying careers. English majors gain confidence in their ability to apply skills in communication, critical reasoning, and creativity to any path that they pursue.


Shane Bradley

Administrative Dean of the College, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Program

Dean of the College Assistant Professor of English Director of the Writing Program B.A., Anderson College; M.A.T., Lander University; M.Ed., Clemson University


Joan Elizabeth Little

Professor of English

Dorn-Reeder Professor of English A.B., Agnes Scott College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois


Dennis Kinlaw

Associate Professor of English

Associate Professor of English B.A., Harvard University; M.Litt, University of St. Andrews; Ph.D. University of St. Andrews


Christine Schott

Associate Professor of English

Associate Professor of English B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., University of Virginia; M.A., University of Iceland; M.F.A., Converse College; Ph.D., University of Virginia Profile Dr. Christine Schott, who joined the faculty in 2012,…


N. Bradley Christie

Professor of English, Institutional Accreditation Liaison

Professor of English, Institutional Accreditation Liaison A.B., Davidson College; M.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Duke University; M.Div., Erskine Theological Seminary

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