Why English at E&H?

Multiple tracks — engaged faculty — enthusiastic students.

Multiple Tracks for Multiple Interests 

We offer a traditional major in English Literature, a solid foundation for further studies in English or professional goals such as law school or graduate study library science. Along with that base, we offer tracks that include specialized attention courses especially relevant for students interested in Creative Writing,  English Education (secondary or K-8), Library Science, and Publishing. Whatever track you choose, your advisor and professors will work with you to achieve your goals at Emory & Henry College and beyond. Learn more about the accomplishments of our majors by clicking on “Alumni & Careers.”

Engaged Faculty Members 

Our professors are teachers and scholars who share their enthusiasm with students in the classroom and in office hours. We have won teaching awards offered within the college and from external agencies such as the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC), the Sears-Roebuck Foundation for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership, and the CASE Carnegie Foundation. English faculty members have published widely in scholarly and creative journals, and their books have published Cambridge University, University of Tennessee, Oxford University, the University of Kentucky, and several others. But more importantly, the English faculty offers a range of classes from the traditional to the innovative: from Contemporary English literature to Multi-Ethnic American writing, from seminars focused on Hamlet to the Harry Potter series, and from Irish to Appalachian literature.

Enthusiastic Students

In the past five years, Emory & Henry English majors have created a graphic novel blending Maus and The Iliad; completed independent studies in Irish theatre, Shakespeare’s romances, and Oscar Wilde; attended the University of Iowa’s summer writers’ workshop; published the poetry collection Inside the Dark Room (2015); and studied abroad in Nottingham, Exeter, Dublin, Stirling, and Londonderry. And more!