Welcome from the Department of English!
Majoring in English at Rutgers-Camden is one of the most important and rewarding decisions you can make. Few majors prepare you as well for such a wide range of careers. Yes, we read literature in the English Department, but we also watch films, write fiction and journalism—even analyze video games. Our wide-ranging faculty will expose you to the variety of cultures that have shaped written expression going back hundreds of years, as well as to cutting-edge forms of communication that are shaping the 21st century.
Our classes are mostly small in size and allow for personal interactions with our top-notch faculty. By majoring in English at Rutgers-Camden, you’ll learn how to think critically and write persuasively. Recent surveys indicate that majoring in English can give you a distinct advantage on the job market (“Why English Majors Are the Hot New Hires”). In addition to your academic work, as one of our majors you have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom through the department’s innovative Writing and Design Lab, the Writers House reading series, and the Digital Studies Center. The department also encourages students to participate in civic engagement, study abroad, and other experiential learning activities that allow you to put theory into practice.
The mission of the Department of English at Rutgers University-Camden is to foster the study and appreciation of the English language and its literatures, through the research and creative work of its individual members as well as through instruction in linguistics, literary criticism and theory, rhetoric, film, creative and expository writing, and the interpretation of Anglo-American and Anglophone literatures in their cultural contexts. Its general goals are to make students effective and knowledgeable communicators of ideas; to prepare students for professional lives that are informed and guided by humane perceptions; to instill in future citizens a critical engagement with culture (social, political, and aesthetic); and to cultivate a life of the mind that is enriched by an appreciation of aesthetic expression.
The department is divided into four units:
- an undergraduate major that offers courses in six subject areas;
- a writing program that serves the entire campus;
- a 30-credit Master of Arts in literature;
- and a 42-credit Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
The core of the department is a full-time faculty of twenty: thirteen of us work in Anglo-American and Anglophone literatures from the medieval era to the present, five in Creative Writing, one in Linguistics, and one in Journalism. Faculty members publish books and articles in distinguished venues, present their work at international conferences, serve as peer reviewers in their fields, and hold positions in national and international professional organizations.
One of the largest departments on campus, English offers an undergraduate major that attracts about 250 students. A commitment to interdisciplinary study has linked our department creatively with colleagues in other departments. English faculty members now serve as directors of affiliated programs in American Studies, Classical Studies, International Studies, Liberal Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. We also offer our students hands-on experience through unique departmental projects, including StoryQuarterly, Mickle Street Review, and the Nick Virgilio Haiku Project.
Studying English at Rutgers-Camden provides graduate and undergraduate students with an unusual opportunity: the chance to work with a university-quality, research-oriented faculty in an intimate, college-like setting. Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.