BA in English—Literary Studies
BA in English—Creative Writing
English—Literary Studies
English—Creative Writing

Principia’s English Department is an active community of students and faculty—thinkers, readers, and writers dedicated to improving lives through critical and creative practices.

The department builds community through regular on- and off-campus events—student readings, visits from authors, trips to talks and readings, and abroad programs. Through courses and activities, students develop empathy, cultivate analytical and critical faculties, and fine-tune their writing—all of which prepare them for a wide range of graduate programs and careers, including teaching, law, publishing and journalism.

Options within the Department

The department offers a major and a minor in each of the following areas:

  • Literary Studies
  • Creative writing
What our majors do during college
  • Attend and present papers at literary conferences
  • Publish poetry and short stories
  • Study abroad in places such as England, Japan, Peru, China, and the Czech Republic

See the College Catalog for more detailed information about our program and departmental learning outcomes.

Visit the English department's literary journal Mistake House.

You Can Do More Here

While attending Principia, English major Alice Stanley (C’10):

  • served as Sylvester house president
  • was a member of the College's honor society, Phi Alpha Eta
  • studied abroad in Japan
  • attended two AWP writing conferences
  • was a columnist for The Pilot
  • was a member and director of Lazy Zipper (a student improv comedy group)
  • competed at the American College Theater Festival
  • performed in five mainstage theatre productions and the senior-directed one acts
  • had a student job
  • was a member of the Christian Science Org

Imagine what you could do!