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Literature teaches us how to be decent, better human beings.

Truly, one of the best ways to learn about life is through reading poetry and fictional renditions of others’ lives.


Majoring in English at Tennessee Wesleyan means you will be introduced to the greatest literary artists of all time, opening the door to profound truths about life and our ever-changing global community, in every class, every day.


Program Description

The Department of English and Modern Languages fosters graduates who can read alertly, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively, using grammatical and rhetorical skills appropriate to their respective audiences. The department strives to aid students’ appreciation of the historical, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature. 


The major blends traditional knowledge and critical and creative thinking skills to give students a strong foundation as they prepare themselves for a life of leadership and service.


Career Opportunites by Degree

Majoring in English brings a variety of career and educational opportunities.




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Readings in Shakespeare

Analytical and critical study of selected dramas by Shakespeare. 

The Short Story as Genre

This class offers a critical analysis of a wide variety of classic and contemporary short stories, from the roots of the genre in the U.S. in the 19th Century, through its growth and development in the U.S. and Europe, to its flowering across the globe in the late 20th Century and early 21st Centuries.

Tolkien and Critical Theory

The course is both a reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and an introduction to 20th century theories of interpretation. Over the course of the semester, we will read Tolkien’s novel and subject it to various methods of interpretation: formalist, psychoanalytic, feminist, etc.