The English major at Rollins uses literary texts, film, television, and popular culture to equip you with transferable skills in research, analysis, teamwork, and written and oral communication.
You’ll develop these skills through our flexible curriculum alongside core knowledge that spans time, continents, and genres. Pursuing the careful work of interpretation and cultivating powers of argument and inquiry will hone your competencies as an adept critical reader and expert writer prepared to excel in virtually any career—from business and marketing to education, health care, and law.
Why Study English at Rollins
Writing in the Real World
Our faculty-led field studies let you apply what you’re learning in class in the real world—like a week in London exploring contemporary drama or a Southern authors road trip that takes you from O’Connor’s Savannah to Faulkner’s Mississippi.
Develop In-Demand Skills
Rather than focus on survey courses, our developmental learning model builds a foundation of skills that employers want—from critical thinking and collaborative problem solving to persuasive speaking and writing.
Grow As a Creative Storyteller
We offer flexibility in the way we investigate texts and culture, including books, films, television, drama, and other media. Studying English at Rollins teaches you to analyze storytelling and cultural practices in a variety of forms.
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“Being well read and having the ability to conduct deeper analyses of the world around me has allowed my education to continue—no matter where I am or what I’m doing. In addition, the ability to write coherently—which isn’t as common as it should be—was enormously helpful when applying for law school and has been critical to my success in it.”
Rollins English Careers
Rollins English grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.
Kristen Arnett ’12Writer, New York Times
Michael van den Berg ’12General Counsel, Le Tote
Chelsea Jane Cutchens ’13Editor, ABRAMS
Destiny Reyes ’17Associate Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Eddie Huang ’04Author,
Renee Stone ’85Senior Advisor - Infrastructure, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Real World Experience
Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships and other professional experiences with some of Orlando’s top organizations.
Our diverse range of courses and flexible course requirements are designed to foster your creative thinking. You’re encouraged to create an individualized English program that reflects your interests and passions.
ENG 303 British Humour
A literary survey which takes students from crass Anglo-Saxon riddles and Jane Austen’s most biting satire to the nonsense worlds of Lewis Carroll and Monty Python, British Humour provides students with a broad understanding of British literary history while answering the question, “What’s so funny about those Brits?”
ENG 233 Mean Girls in Literature and Film
Examine the cultural phenomenon of the mean girl through popular and literary American texts, including Cinderella, The Crucible, Beatrice Bobs Her Hair, and Mean Girls.
ENG 334 Behind the Music
Behind the Music goes backstage to explore the many narratives that surround rock music, including concert films, documentaries, journalism, reviews, and memoirs.
ENGW 267 Writing Books for (and with) Children
Examine the craft of writing books for children, especially picture books and chapter books for early readers. In addition to writing books for children, you’ll also partner with a child to co-author a picture book during a month-long immersion at Rollins’ Child Development Center.
ENG 345 Hemlock, Harlots and Harassment
Ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians developed a rich theory of persuasion. Employ these theories to analyze political discourse, from speeches to tweets, from campaigning to complaining, and from aspirations to attacks.
ENG 369: Screenwriting
Learn how to adapt books into screenplays and craft your own feature script for television or film.
A Day in the Life of a Rollins English Major
“I have always been interested in being a writer and knew that the Rollins English major was the right place for me because of the awesome professors and small class sizes. The Rollins English department has taught me so much and has always encouraged my passion.”
Virtual Tour: Outdoor Classroom
Find out what a Rollins classroom is really like by going behind the scenes of one of English professor Jana Mathews’ creative courses in the Orlando Hall outdoor classroom.
Beyond the Classroom
Visiting Writers Every year, the English department brings prominent local and national writers to campus to perform readings and conduct student writing workshops and master classes.
Department Events Faculty and students regularly come together to celebrate. The department hosts movie screenings, career preparation workshops, faculty-student dinners (at a faculty member’s home); team trivia nights; and poetry competitions.
Brushing Our student art and literary magazine gives English majors valuable hands-on experience in the field—the chance to write, submit, edit, and publish—and it also serves as one of Rollins’ boldest creative voices.
Dive Into English at Rollins
To fulfill its mission, the Department has designed a curriculum that inspires students to think deeply and engage critically; to understand the complexities of the writing process; and to question how their ideas and words can make significant contributions in an increasingly cosmopolitan world
What’s it like to be an English major at Rollins? See for yourself by exploring our game-changing courses and award-winning graduates.
December 21, 2023
Rollins graduates earn more than a degree. They gain the knowledge and skills to address large-scale issues like climate change and human rights.
May 25, 2023
Four Tars have received the distinguished Fulbright Scholarship, including two teaching assignments and two awards to pursue graduate school and research opportunities.
May 11, 2023
From becoming a published author to earning a Fulbright scholarship, Katherine Pearce ’19 embraced every opportunity at Rollins to grow as a writer, a thinker, a scholar, and a person.
Our robust English department faculty is equipped with a high number of terminal degrees in the field and a broad range of expertise in both writing and analysis.
Department of English
Vidhu Aggarwal, PhD
Theodore Lawrence and Barbara Alfond Professor
Research interests: Contemporary and modernist poetry and poetics, with specialties in visual culture and Anglophone literatures
William Boles, PhD
Jeanette McKean Professor
Research interests: Drama
Victoria Brown, MFA
Research interests: Fiction and creative nonfiction, transnational literature with a focus on contemporary Caribbean writers and post-colonial theory
Martha Cheng, PhD
Research interests: Rhetorical theory, argumentation, visual rhetoric, discourse studies, and professional writing
Matthew Forsythe, PhD
Research interests: Fiction and creative nonfiction, American literature, the wilderness, and the elusive narrator in 20th-century fiction
Ben Hudson, PhD
Research interests: 19th-century British literature, aestheticism, sexuality studies, and the intellectual history of amateurism
Suzanne Jamir, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research interests: Creative writing
Jill Jones, PhD
Research interests: 19th- and 20th-century American literature, African American literature, women writers, and autobiography
Lucy Littler, PhD
Jana Mathews, PhD
Professor; Co-Director, Pre-Law Advising
Paul Reich, PhD
Research interests: Late 19th- and 20th-century American literature, African American literature, the American West, and popular culture
Emily Russell, PhD
Kenneth L. Curry Professor
Sharif Youssef, JD, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research interests: British literature, legal studies
Anne Zimmermann, MFA
Research interests: American literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition