Accessibility Navigation:

  • Generous Scholarships

    McGee Professor of Creative Writing Kazim Ali and three Cornwell Scholarship finalists perform a reading at the Vereen Bell Memorial Awards. The Cornwell Scholarship is valued at $30,000 annually, and is offered to one student in each first-year class who demonstrates exceptional talent and a passion for writing.

    Learn More
    Kazim Ali and Cornwell Scholars performing a reading on stage
  • Exceptional Opportunities

    The Abbott Scholars Program selects the most promising English majors and provides them with opportunities to apply for research funding, meet with seniors writing theses through the Abbott English Honors Program, and enjoy visits with distinguished scholars and writers. Additionally, Abbott Scholars meet with Professor of English Emeritus Tony Abbott, a well-known poet, novelist, essayist, and literary critic, who along with his wife, Susan, generously funded the program.

    Abbott Scholars
  • Critical Thinking

    The English major provides you with a depth and breadth of literary knowledge while teaching you to explore problems creatively. Small classes and various opportunities for independent study, including a senior honors program, are designed to engage professor and students in a lively intellectual exchange.

    English Students In Class


p: 704-894-2254

Mailing Address

Box 7125
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

English Department

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.

English courses provide students of all academic interests with a strong foundation in critical and expressive skills. We cater to the college's diverse student body by offering both critical and creative courses that focus on various time periods, authors, genres, regions and media.  

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.