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 fiction-writing workshops and advanced seminars. At the introductory level, we offer first-year seminars and 1100-level courses; in addition to more advanced classes at the 2000 and 3000 levels, we also offer opportunities for independent work, including independent studies and honors projects.
Student and Faculty Research
English Department faculty and students are diverse in their research and publications