English

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The major in English conveys the history and astonishing range of literature written worldwide in the English language, from Chaucer to Yeats, Melville to Mukherjee. We offer an array of courses on colonial and post-colonial literatures, including African-American and Irish. We focus on creative and critical writing linked to the close reading of texts and put students in conversation with the voices of the past and present.

Our “Living Writers” and “Writers at Muhlenberg” series bring to campus contemporary authors, both established and emerging. The student literary magazine MUSES and our new online ‘zine POPPED offer valuable outlets for publication as well as crucial experience in Internet design and editing.

Many of our courses are also “Writing Intensive,” with limited enrollment, and stress writing and revision as modes of thinking about literature. We provide a capstone experience in senior seminars and offer the possibility of Honors Theses for qualified students. In recent years the department has become increasingly interdisciplinary, forging dynamic connections with Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Along with graduate study, our majors pursue careers in law, teaching, journalism, publishing management, advertising and public relations. Our students are nuanced thinkers, astute readers, and excellent writers who are able to reflect on complex problems and see them in new ways.


Great Teachers, Great Courses

For many students, the course in Documentary Research is their first foray into making media.
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Students in Jeremy Teissére's 'Mind and Brain' course have quite a challenge - can the experience of consciousness be narrowed down to 100 billion neurons?
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Dr. Roland Kushner knows that management skills can't be taught in a vacuum.
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Professor Dan Wilson’s students don’t just read about history; they learn from those who lived it.
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Great Teachers, Great Courses...

What insights can worms provide about tissue and organ systems in the human body?
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For many students in Dr. Douglas Ovens' class, this is their first musical experience at Muhlenberg.
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Great Teachers, Great Courses...

Dr. Niesenbaum's Field Biology and Plant Ecology class is just one of many to use the 63-acre Graver Arboretum.
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Dr. Amy Hark wants her students to look beyond the classroom and see the impact the subjects they are studying have in the wider world.
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Students in Dr. George Benjamin’s class are mastering more than basic computer science skills. They’re learning about programming and robotics by focusing on problem sets.
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Great Teachers, Great Courses...

Dr. Daniel Doviak, assistant professor of philosophy at Muhlenberg College, invites his environmental philosophy students to study the relationship between humanity and the world they occupy.
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