English major

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Literature, creative writing or not-for-profit writing — these are some of the inspiring courses that you can take in the English department at Central College. Faculty encourage critical thinking and actively engage students in learning. The major offers a broad range of classes which prepare students well for graduate school and for challenging careers in creative or technical writing, ESL or literature. Graduates have gone on to become newspaper columnists, high school English teachers, freelance writers, lawyers, English professors, musicians, architects and specialty book editors.



News about English

Using Law to Serve Others

Emily Rouse '14 plans to combine her passions for the law and helping others through a career as an attorney in the public service sector.

Where are they now?

John Miller, a professor of English, served Central College for 35 years. During his time at the college, he also served as the first Weller Chair from 1991-1994, was the director of the Central College Program in London, England from 1974-1975, and taught in Merida, Yucatan program five different times. Retired, he now lives in Louisville, Ky., with his wife Susan.


The Family that Reads Together

Associate Professor of English Josh Dolezal didn't intend to teach English, but  Willa Cather’s novel, ‘My Ántonia,’ changed the course of his career.



Patsy Snead '13 wrote about her service-learning experience teaching ELL in Des Moines for the course Literary Journalism, taught by Josh Dolezal, associate professor of English.

With Honors

Honors students present their year-long senior thesis—a culmination of their work at Central College.


Successful Careers


Looking for experience? An internship might be the answer. When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. In today's competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. Many students turn their internship into employment after graduation. Central offers a unique experience for English majors studying in Chicago, Washington, D.C., or abroad in London to gain valuable internship experience. Recent internships include:

Learn more about internships at Central.


Sample Schedule

Freshman and Sophomore years

Junior year

Teaching major/minors should also take literature for young adults and teaching writing.

Senior year

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. A perfect mix of old and new, our buildings reflect our history and our future. Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

Department Web site

Central’s English department maintains its own website with even more information about majoring in English.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Click here to learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central. Student organizations include:

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.


Central offers creative writing scholarships of up to $2,000 for all students (English majors and non-majors) planning to continue creative writing at the college level. Read more about scholarship information!