The Bowdoin English Department takes a broad and varied approach to the study of Anglophone literature (British, American, and global) across a range of periods and genres.
Students undertake a flexible path of rigorous study through the major in order to become engaged, informed, and resourceful readers and writers. Majors develop fluency in critical methodologies and paradigms of the field. Students may also choose from courses in creative writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and screenwriting. Our curriculum contributes to Africana Studies; Asian Studies; Cinema Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; and Theater.
The department offers courses across all levels, from first-year seminars to creative-writing workshops and advanced seminars. At the introductory level, the department lists many first-year seminars and 1100-level courses. In addition to enrolling in more advanced classes at the 2000 and 3000 levels, students may undertake independent studies and honors projects with professors with whom they have completed coursework.