English invites us to develop empathy and gain insight into the lives of the characters we study. In learning about others’ stories, we are able to create our own—thus joining a human conversation that spans centuries.
Why study English at Sewanee
When you study English here at Sewanee, you’ll be part of a truly storied program. The vibrancy and range of courses will transform you into a closer reader, a more insightful critic, and a superior writer. Explore texts from classical to contemporary, Shakespearean to African American, and all the stories in between.
Under the instruction of faculty and noted visiting writers, you’ll be immersed in the University’s historic and esteemed literary tradition. Sewanee is home to both The Sewanee Review, the country’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a yearly gathering of writers that has included Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners.
FIRST DESTINATIONS: english MAJORS
Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.
- Legislative Correspondent, United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
- Marketing Executive Assistant, Dow Jones, New York City, NY.
- Writing & Editorial Assistant (Travel Section), U.S. News & Wold Report, Washington, D.C.
GRADUATE SCHOOL & PREPROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: english MAJORS
Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.
- M.A. in English, Georgetown University.
- M.F.A. in Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design.J.D. University of South Carolina Law School.
- Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Yale University.
- J.D. College of William and Mary.