English at Lawrence has all the elements of a story worth telling—yours.

Make your English literature studies uniquely yours, exploring works you’ve loved on a deeper level and introducing yourself to new works and perspectives. Learn from faculty whose diverse interests are as varied as the books on your bookshelf. Develop skills in critical reading, writing, and analysis. Take a writer’s workshop on the shores of Lake Michigan. Explore literature abroad in locales like London, and wrap it all up with a self-designed deep dive into a topic of your choice with the Chandler Senior Experience.

Luther Abel poses for a portrait inside Main Hall.

Student Perspective

 “It’s that personal element, getting one-on-one time with professors and staff, that can’t be replicated at larger schools.” 

Luther Abel ’22 
Appleton, Wisconsin


Timothy Spurgin | Open Office

Lawrence students visit the office of Timothy Spurgin, Bonnie Glidden Buchanan Professor of English Literature and Associate Professor of English.

Study the greats in literature courses.

View coursework requirements for English majors and minors.

Gain new perspectives with our faculty.

See what English program members are up to by exploring and following our social channels.

Students grouped for a photo in front of the London center (pre-pandemic)

Study across the pond in literary London

Take courses toward your English major while walking in the footsteps of Brit Lit legends at the Lawrence London Centre.

Students studying in main lounge in Bjorklunden

Break through writer’s block at Björklunden

Take a creative writing workshop led by faculty and distinguished visiting writers at Björklunden, our Door County retreat facility.

The Chandler Senior Experience

You can complete your Senior Experience in multiple ways, including a deeply analytical senior seminar and substantial paper, advanced coursework in creative writing, student teaching or an honors project. 

Recent Senior Experiences include:

  • Gender and Revolution in the Gothic Novel
  • Cognitive Disability in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Fiction, Poetry on the Margins
Student wearing regalia at Commencement 2021

English Outcomes

Whatever your career or education goals, our English program gives you the analytical, reasoning, and writing skills for you to create real impact with your words, and, ultimately, with your life.

Can you picture yourself at Lawrence? Apply for admission.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Main Hall, to explore humanities learning spaces.