Students in Dickinson's Department of English study a range of English-language texts, including novels, poems, plays, graphic narratives, films, television and other work.

Our curriculum is flexible and focused, allowing majors to follow their own interests through diverse course offerings that address core questions (of author and audience; culture, nation and identity; form, medium and materiality; and history, period and influence).

Classes deepen the skills that help students to engage in critical conversations with authority and purpose. This culminates in an independently chosen senior thesis project—and then, a life beyond Dickinson in which English majors continue to show how reading, writing and thinking are vital to understanding and shaping our world.  

Contact Info


Siobhan PhillipsAssociate Professor of English

Department coordinator

Kelly Winters-FazioSr Academic Department Coordinator






3rd & 4th Floors East College Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Graduates Go From Here


  • Vanity Fair
  • Penguin Random House
  • FTI Consulting
  • Gartner
  • MLB Network
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • National Theater Institute
  • Urban Teachers (AmeriCorps)

Graduate Schools

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Princeton University Graduate School
  • The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
  • Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Columbia University
Where Students Have Interned
  • NPR
  • Christie’s
  • Rodale Inc.
  • WriteGirl Los Angeles
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • NBC/Universal
  • Penguin Group
  • WHDH Boston

Student Perspective

“With the time, space and resources to conduct long-term research, I had the freedom to be creative about my writing process. I was able to put texts together that have never been analyzed next to each other, and I experimented with different approaches to my writing process. All of this freedom gave rise to work that I’m still proud of, years later.”

- Alejandro Heredia ’16

Alumni in Action

Department News


News Feature

Diversifying the Canon: The Ongoing Story of a Dickinson College English Major

By: David Blosser '19 Dickinson College

“Thank God for liberal-arts requirements,” said Rev. Dr. Annie Lockhart-Gilroy ’97, who recently extolled the virtues of Dickinson College's liberal-arts curriculum during a visit to campus through the English department’s Cogan Alumni Fellowship.

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News Feature

Boubacar Boris Diop Visits Dickinson College Through Stellfox Residency

By: MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson Dickinson College

As the world pauses this month to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, Dickinson College welcomed to campus an esteemed writer whose fictionalized account of a 1994 massacre brought a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding postcolonialism in Africa.

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