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BA in English

BA in English

  • QS World University Rankings
    =455
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
English has been an essential component of Brandeis from the outset. The department has three key goals in educating its students. First, students with a wide range of interests take our courses to learn about the various literary and cultural traditions that influence creative work in the English language. Second, we teach students to notice the striking and revealing features not only of literary works, but also of the texts that surround us in our daily lives. Third, those who choose to become English majors or minors will acquire the skills and the judgment required for the careful and imaginative unpacking of literary texts and their multiple contexts. Seniors may pursue an honors essay or two-semester honors thesis to culminate the major. Learning Goals The Department of English is committed to the study of literature, as well as the cultures and history surrounding its creation and reception. We study poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, film, popular culture, and digital media and place them in historical and geographical context for interpretation. Core Skills We expect our graduating majors to be able to demonstrate: 1. Interpretation of literary and nonliterary texts; an understanding of genres and forms. This includes mediums such as lyric and narrative poetry, the epic, short fiction, the novel, non-fiction, and film and digital media. 2. Understanding of story and plot; conflict; character; theme; and language (including the nuances of words or syntax). 3. Ability to contextualize texts, including (a) relevant literary histories and movements, (b) relevant world cultures, and (c) the social and political situations in which they were written or read. 4. Development of a clear, convincing argument in critical analysis. 5. Close reading skills and critical methods, such as gender theory, critical race theory, performance theory, ideology theory. 6. Creative writing track majors will develop skills to create their own works in fiction or poetry, as well as give constructive feedback to other writers.