The English Major and Minor at Davidson

The English Department provides you with a depth and breadth of literary knowledge while teaching you to explore problems creatively, to be sensitive to life's diversity, and to read the world critically and thoughtfully.

Davidson English majors build skills in:

  • Communicating effectively in discussion and writing
  • Analyzing and creating across genres and media
  • Collaborating and working in diverse groups
  • Planning and conducting independent research
  • Creative problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding and applying theoretical concepts
  • Embracing ambiguity and entertaining multiple, conflicting perspectives
  • Empathy and diplomacy

English Major Overview

The English major requires you to take ten courses, including: ENG 220: Literary Analysis, three area requirements (History, Diversity, and Innovation), two capstone courses (seminar, tutorial, or group investigation), and five electives. You may count one 100-level course and two approved courses from other departments or institutions toward the major.

The English major also requires you to set up an online portfolio to showcase your work at Davidson to potential employers, fellowship providers, graduate programs, and other audiences.

Myths About the English Major, Debunked

The skills you develop in English classes—critical thinking, analytical reasoning, clear writing, empathy, and inclusive thinking—are valued in the workplace and vital to social justice and civil discourse.

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Emi Moore '18

Being an English major prepared me for working at Pixelberry Studios by teaching me how to research, how to work in a team, and how to speak up for my ideas. One thing I really valued about the English major at Davidson was the space it fostered to share different perspectives. Every person is going to read a text differently, and having the space to talk about your own readings has really helped me feel comfortable voicing my opinions in a work environment.

Emi Moore ’18

Courses You Might Take

ENG 211



This course is a workshop, where virtually everything will be based upon, work from, and be inspired by, the films you and others in your class accomplish. The course is based on learning the discipline and rigors of thinking…

ENG 203

Introduction to Writing Poetry


Practice in the writing of poetry, with attention paid to various techniques, approaches (free verse and formal verse), and the reading of contemporary poets. The course is workshop-based: peer critiques constitute the basis for each class.


ENG 110

Contemporary American Fiction

English 110 satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Check schedule to determine which course is being offered.

Fall 2020

ENG 110 Contemporary American Fiction


This course in 21st century American fiction will concentrate on new novels…