English at Davidson

The English Department encourages intellectual independence by stressing creative and critical thinking combined with informed reading and interpretation, which become evident through articulate speech and writing.

Our faculty teach language and literature classes from a range of perspectives. Approaches include close reading of texts, performing texts, identifying historical and theoretical contexts—all strategies of reading that find their parallels in creative and expository writing.

Small classes and opportunities for independent study and funding for student research including the Abbott English Honors Program for seniors, engage professors and students in a lively intellectual exchange.

English is an ideal liberal arts major, providing an excellent basis for those beginning careers in teaching, law, medicine, journalism, government, and business, as well as for those pursuing graduate study in literature or creative writing.
 

Literary Calendar

The English Department annually presents 8 to 10 writers, often winners of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur "genius grants," National Book Awards and various other honors.

Literary Calendar