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Popular Literature

Let’s face it, you probably read a book at one time or another in a high school English class and thought to yourself: Did anybody ever like this stuff? Well, you won’t be asking that question in the Popular Literature minor because you’ll be reading hits from across genres and decades, including forays into horror, romance, and a host of other page-turning styles.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Opportunity to work in the Writing Center
Graduate Program Opportunity
Writing for Children & Young Adults

Future Career Paths

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 law school and pursued academic study. They’ve also become:

  • Novelists
  • Journalists
  • Teachers
  • Marketers
  • Scholars and Professors
  • Editors

Recently, students from McDaniel’s English department have found career placements at:

  • Marriott International, Inc.
  • Baltimore City Board of Education
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • Capital-Gazette Communications, Inc.
  • Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Distinctive Courses

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.

An investigation of the most popular form of fiction in the western world: the romance novel. Readings begin with the advent of the modern form of the romance novel in England in 1740, but are drawn mostly from the nineteenth-through-twenty-first century American romance novel. Students explore the popularity of romance fiction and consider its depiction of courtship and sexuality through a variety of critical approaches including formalist, feminist, and gender studies.

ENG 3362 - Austen

A study of Jane Austen’s novels and juvenilia with special focus on the place of women in regency society and Austen’s place in the history of the novel in English.

Special Opportunities

Students outside of Budapest campus.

McDaniel Free Press

Flex your literary 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.

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.