English at Lehigh

Students majoring in English join a community of readers and writers committed to textual analysis, creative expression, historical understanding, and the examination of cultural assumptions.
Students begin their majors with English 100, "Working with Texts," where they master the fundamentals of textural analysis.


They take courses in British and American literary history, from the oldest texts in the language to contemporary literature, film and popular culture.

“I soar, I am a hawk.
― William Shakespeare, Henry V


Students complete the major by choosing courses from offerings that focus on major literary figures, periods of literary history, and themes and special topics.
Take a look at the list of recent course offerings to get a sense of the breadth of your options.



The department's relatively small courses (typically enrolling 15 or fewer) encourage students to think independently and to engage with one another's ideas.


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