Department of English

Welcome to the website of Mercer University’s Department of English. We hope that these pages provide some hint of the vitality and variety that is English study at Mercer. Here you will find information on the various ways our students pursue their programs with us, general descriptions of our courses, introductions to our vibrant and engaged faculty, and resources for everything from scholarly documentation to career planning for English majors. Whether you are a prospective or a current student or instructor, we hope you find this site informative.

Why major in English?

You should major in English if you love reading and talking about literature, if you desire warm encouragement and rigorous training in the critical skills of reading, writing and thinking, and if you seek a strong foundation for a lifetime of deeper learning and more articulate communication. Our Department of English will help you challenge yourself as you develop your mind and expand your comprehension of both books and the world.

For a list of what some of our recent graduates are doing with their degree in English, see our News page.

The greatest strengths I bring to work every day were developed as an English major at Mercer. I'm required to sift through a large amount of information from various sources, ranging from statutory and regulatory law to medical reports, quickly separate the important from the extraneous, and synthesize that information into written and oral advocacy on behalf of my clients. Additionally, from the perspective of offering client's counsel and relating to them, I could not relate to clients and develop their trust if I had not spent a great deal of time discussing art, beauty, struggle, pain—in sum, the human condition—while at Mercer both in and out of class.