If you’ve ever been inspired by a piece of literature, a scene from a film, or even a line of dialogue from a TV show, then you already understand the value of an English degree.
As an English major at Rollins, you’ll pursue a deeper understanding of the human condition and explore the creative endeavors of the human imagination. You’ll learn to read critically and write passionately, of course, but you’ll also listen and watch, travel and explore.
Our unique curriculum will help you develop skills to communicate ideas, analyze problems, and synthesize solutions—leaving you better prepared not just to pursue the career you want, but to be continually inspired along the way.
Why Study English at Rollins
Learn in the Real World
Our faculty-led field studies let you apply what you’re learning in class in the real world—like a week in London exploring contemporary drama or a Southern authors road trip that takes you from O’Connor’s Savannah to Faulkner’s Mississippi.
Develop In-Demand Skills
Our learning model builds a foundation of portable skills enabling your success in any career field, with an emphasis on close reading, critical thinking, effective communication, and creative and professional writing.
Investigate Across Cultural Texts
We offer flexibility in the way we investigate texts and culture, including books, films, television, drama, and other media. Studying English at Rollins teaches you to analyze storytelling and cultural practices in a variety of forms.
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“Being well read and having the ability to conduct deeper analyses of the world around me has allowed my education to continue—no matter where I am or what I’m doing. In addition, the ability to write coherently—which isn’t as common as it should be—was enormously helpful when applying for law school and has been critical to my success in it.”
Rollins English Careers
Rollins English grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.
Kristen Arnett ’12
Author, Mostly Dead Things
Michael van den Berg ’12
General Counsel, Le Tote
Chelsea Jane Cutchens ’13
Destiny Reyes ’17
Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Eddie Huang ’04
Author, Fresh Off the Boat and Double Cup Love; Host, Huang’s World
Renee Stone ’85
Chief of Staff, Natural Resources Defense Council
Real World Experience
Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships and other professional experiences with some of Orlando’s top organizations.
Our diverse range of courses and flexible course requirements are designed to foster your creative thinking. You’re encouraged to create an individualized English program that reflects your interests and passions.
ENG 303 British Humour
A literary survey which takes students from crass Anglo-Saxon riddles and Jane Austen’s most biting satire to the nonsense worlds of Lewis Carroll and Monty Python, British Humour provides students with a broad understanding of British literary history while answering the question, “What’s so funny about those Brits?”
ENG 233 Mean Girls in Literature and Film
Examine the cultural phenomenon of the mean girl through popular and literary American texts, including Cinderella, The Crucible, Beatrice Bobs Her Hair, and Mean Girls.
ENG 334 Behind the Music
Behind the Music goes backstage to explore the many narratives that surround rock music, including concert films, documentaries, journalism, reviews, and memoirs.
ENGW 267 Writing Books for (and with) Children
Examine the craft of writing books for children, especially picture books and chapter books for early readers. In addition to writing books for children, you’ll also partner with a child to co-author a picture book during a month-long immersion at Rollins’ Child Development Center.
ENG 345 Hemlock, Harlots and Harassment
Ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians developed a rich theory of persuasion. Employ these theories to analyze political discourse, from speeches to tweets, from campaigning to complaining, and from aspirations to attacks.
ENG 369: Screenwriting
Learn how to adapt books into screenplays and craft your own feature script for television or film.
A Day in the Life of a Rollins English Major
“I have always been interested in being a writer and knew that the Rollins English major was the right place for me because of the awesome professors and small class sizes. The Rollins English department has taught me so much and has always encouraged my passion.”
Virtual Tour: Outdoor Classroom
Find out what a Rollins classroom is really like by going behind the scenes of one of English professor Jana Mathews’ creative courses in the Orlando Hall outdoor classroom.
Beyond the Classroom
Visiting Writers Every year, the English department brings prominent local and national writers to campus to perform readings and conduct student writing workshops and master classes.
Department Events Faculty and students regularly come together to celebrate. The department hosts movie screenings, career preparation workshops, faculty-student dinners (at a faculty member’s home); team trivia nights; and poetry competitions.
Brushing Our student art and literary magazine gives English majors valuable hands-on experience in the field—the chance to write, submit, edit, and publish—and it also serves as one of Rollins’ boldest creative voices.
What’s it like to be an English major at Rollins? See for yourself by exploring our game-changing courses and award-winning graduates.
July 11, 2022
Ingrid Ryan ’24 has been selected for a prestigious program through the Leadership Alliance, which has paired her with a political science internship at Columbia University.
May 05, 2022
Elizabeth Bonker ’22 long struggled to communicate with a world that didn’t always understand or accept her. Now, armed with her Rollins education, she’s starting a nonprofit to bring communication assistance to those affected by non-speaking autism.
February 28, 2022
Rollins’ focus on global citizenship, study abroad, and responsible leadership has once again earned the College a spot in the top producers of Fulbright Students.
Our robust English department faculty is equipped with a high number of terminal degrees in the field and a broad range of expertise in both writing and analysis.
Department of English
Vidhu Aggarwal, PhD
Theodore Lawrence and Barbara Alfond Professor
Research interests: Contemporary and modernist poetry and poetics, with specialties in visual culture and Anglophone literatures
William Boles, PhD
Jeanette McKean Professor
Research interests: Drama
Victoria Brown, MFA
Research interests: Fiction and creative nonfiction, transnational literature with a focus on contemporary Caribbean writers and post-colonial theory
Martha Cheng, PhD
Research interests: Rhetorical theory, argumentation, visual rhetoric, discourse studies, and professional writing
Matthew Forsythe, PhD
Research interests: Fiction and creative nonfiction, American literature, the wilderness, and the elusive narrator in 20th-century fiction
Ben Hudson, PhD
Research interests: 19th-century British literature, aestheticism, sexuality studies, and the intellectual history of amateurism
Suzanne Jamir, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research interests: Creative writing
Jill Jones, PhD
Research interests: 19th- and 20th-century American literature, African American literature, women writers, and autobiography
Lucy Littler, PhD
Research interests: 20th-century American literature, including American exceptionalism and the meanings of race in contemporary American culture
Jana Mathews, PhD
Professor; Co-Director, Pre-Law Advising
Research interests: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture; material culture studies; sororities and fraternities in higher education
Paul Reich, PhD
Research interests: Late 19th- and 20th-century American literature, African American literature, the American West, and popular culture
Emily Russell, PhD
Kenneth L. Curry Professor
Research interests: Medical humanities, disability studies, 20th-century American literature
Sharif Youssef, JD, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research interests: British literature, legal studies
Anne Zimmermann, MFA
Research interests: American literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition