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Visiting our campus is one of the best ways to get a feel for Goshen — from classes and dorms to the dining hall menu — and decide if it’s a good fit for you. We are a friendly community where people are happy to answer your questions and show you around.
If you’re passionate about books and ideas and want to delve deeper into the study of literature, an English major or minor is for you!
Whether you’re interested in publishing your writing or serving on an editorial board, you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience with our student publications: The Record, the award-winning student-run newspaper; Broadside, an outlet for short poems and prose; Red Cents, an annual creative arts journal; or Pinchpenny Press, a book publisher right on campus. Alongside traditional literary surveys, our literature courses feature special topics courses on graphic novels, banned books and Shakespeare in film.
As an English student, you can customize your degree with a balance of literature, writing and language courses. By the time you graduate, you will be able to communicate effectively, think critically and write fluently: vital skills for success in graduate school or the professional world.
Watch this video to learn more about the Goshen College English Department’s publishing opportunities.
Ellah is an internationally-known author, broadcaster, editor and literary critic, and has become renowned especially for her work in Anglophone African literature. She won the 2016 Goshen College Culture For Service Award.
Nathan Vader graduated in 2013 with an English writing major and a theater and Bible, religion and philosophy minor. On the side, he edited for the campus newspaper, The Record, authored a book, acted and directed plays.
Aletha Stahl ’89 teaches French and francophone studies at Earlham College, is a registered yoga instructor and former Goshen College award-winning runner. She won the 2016 Goshen College Champion of Character Award.