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The skills of the English major have never been more valuable. Now more than ever, employers—and the world at large—need people who have the ability to read both widely and closely, to see many points of view, to make connections, to formulate concise summaries and thoughtful opinions, to write with clarity and style.

Degree Types
Major , Minor
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Writing Requirement

Yes, our global economy and the industries that shape it have changed spectacularly over the last couple decades, but even the most advanced technology companies need employees who see the big picture, who can tell the whole story, who understand that there’s nothing more human or more valuable than communicating with clarity and compassion.

What We Do

That’s where you come in. McDaniel’s English majors graduate prepared for success in traditional fields like education, law, and journalism, but also for jobs in new fields like digital marketing and content development. As an English major, you’ll:

  • read a broad variety of literatures in English in their historical, social, cultural, political, economic, and psychological contexts;
  • write within scholarly and creative genres; and
  • analyze and evaluate oral, written, and visual modes of expression through the use of literary and rhetorical theory.
  • Produce print and digital texts designed for multiple audiences.

Impressive Outcomes

An English degree from McDaniel College prepares students for employment in a variety of fields and provides them the tools to be successful in their jobs. Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate programs in law, library science, technical writing, creative writing, social work, education and literature.

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Distinctive Courses

ENG 2103 - Transmedia Storytelling

Students will build worlds. Students will make their own Star Wars, My Little Pony, or Marvel Universe.  They will create media franchises around a story they’ll tell across media channels. The different media used contributes uniquely to the story’s world.  In other words, students will create stories that might be expressed through writing and video and action figures and games and websites and cereal boxes and social media. The main point of the course is the dispersal of content through multiple delivery channels to create a unified entertainment experience.

ENG 2217 - Growing up in America

The journey from childhood to adulthood has always been a prominent theme in American literature. By studying a selection of bildungsroman and memoirs, we will be able to consider the psychological and social formation of these characters in relation to American culture. We will ask such questions as: “Do these works reflect the experience of growing up in America, or create it?” and “How do these works shape us as Americans?” We will also examine how the experience of growing up in America is affected by the race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity of the protagonist—and how these differences alter his or her definition of the American dream.

ENG 2260 - Horror Fiction

An investigation of the dark and popular world of horror fiction, with special emphasis on the Gothic tradition within British and American literature since 1764. Students examine and discuss why horror stories fascinate, and how anxieties about sexuality, the unconscious mind, scientific discoveries, social injustice, and other topics are translated into the horror literature we read.

ENG 2209 - Memoir Writing

A creative-writing course in which students learn techniques for turning autobiographical experiences into nonfiction stories. Students read published works (memoir, essay) to explore the craft of creative nonfiction. Student writing will be critiqued regularly in the class workshop.
Prerequisites Placement into ENG-1101
Prerequisites/Co-requisites English 1101

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Special Opportunities

students perform in The Importance of Being Earnest

English - Theatre Arts Dual Major

The English-Theatre Arts Dual Major is designed for students with an interest in the study of literature, theatre history, dramaturgy, and literary and performance theory. It prepares students for graduate studies in theatre, English literature, dramaturgy, or playwriting.

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English Major with Secondary Education Minor

Students interested in teaching English at the secondary level (grades 7-12) in Maryland public schools must major in English and complete a core set of secondary education requirements. 

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Writing Opportunities

Flex your English major muscles. Publish your fiction and poetry in the student-run Contrast Literary Magazine, get a job in the Writing Center helping fellow students polish their papers, or write a column for the student-run newspaper, the McDaniel Free Press

Undergraduate Research Senior Capstone

English major Thea Robertson talks about her senior capstone — her study on the exclusion of women within all black communities in author Toni Morrison's novels, “Love,” “Jazz,” and “Paradise,” as the culmination of her English training at McDaniel.

English major Jackie White, class of 2019

Alumni Spotlight Class of 2019: Jackie White Get to Know a Green Terror

English major Jackie White discovered a new passion for Cinema to go with her lifelong love of the English language and literature. TV Production class is her best class ever — she learned how to run almost every position in a television news station as well as teamwork and adaptability.

Mary Bendel Simso

Faculty Spotlight English professors’ new book examines early detective fiction

After unraveling the mystery of the void in 19th century detective stories and following a decade-long trail collecting and compiling the forgotten whodunits, professors LeRoy Panek and Mary Bendel-Simso authored a new book exploring early detective fiction. “Essentials Elements of the Detective Story, 1820-1891” examines detective fiction during its formative years, while focusing on such crucial elements of the stories as setting, lawyers and the law, physicians and forensics, women as victims and heroes, crime and criminals, and police and detectives.