"We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants,” said 12th century theologian and author John of Salisbury. “We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours."
The Earlham English Department introduces students to those giants – the thinkers and writers who have come before us, writers of fiction and nonfiction alike, who deepen our understanding and expand our interpretation of our world today.
Earlham’s English majors grow as sophisticated readers, writers, and learners; attentive to how imaginative works are made, and how those works influence our lives today. Students read literature from various canons, hearing voices that have been silenced throughout history, as well as those that have influenced literary scholarship for centuries.
Our alumni have used the English degree as a gateway to a variety of careers, including novelists, poets, teachers and librarians. Many graduates have pursued the M.F.A. in creative writing, and Earlham ranks 29th in the nation for the percentage of graduates who earn doctorates in the humanities. Recent alumni currently are pursuing advanced degrees at Butler University, Indiana University, University of Leeds and elsewhere.
Earlhamites in English
Pitcher to Principal
Matt Brankle came to Earlham to pitch for the baseball team and to study business, art or English.
As a junior, he will declare English as his major later this fall with hopes of becoming a high school principal — a principal who will work hard to correct problems he sees in the American education system.More
When Associate Professor of English Joann Quiñones was a high school kid in New Jersey, she didn’t think she could afford to go to college. Neither of her parents had followed the traditional route to a bachelor’s degree.More
Dan McCoy '00 finds himself at the top of his profession as a staff writer for “The Daily Show,” hosted by Jon Stewart. It is the first time he has held a full-time job in comedy. But this is not as improbable as it sounds. More