In the English Department at Colby, students become keen analytical readers in the broadest sense, cogent writers, and versatile critical and creative thinkers.

Colby English majors read and write across analog and digital platforms. They are analyzers and makers.

At Colby, you can major in English, major in English with a creative writing concentration, or minor in English or creative writing.

We are one of very few liberal arts colleges in America offering both a major concentration and a minor in creative writing. Students choose from classes in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, environmental writing, playwriting (through the Theatre and Dance Department), documentary radio, performance poetry, and other forms.

Literature classes treat a wide variety of subjects from Chaucer to science fiction, from Shakespeare to environmental humanities. We work closely with rare book librarians in Special Collections and with curators at the Colby Museum of Art. Our small classes encourage you to take on innovative projects.

Many classes offer hands-on activities, from papermaking to printing to digital production. Students study abroad, engage in research with professors, and find exciting internships.

Building upon these experiences, students go on to professional employment in law, medicine, government, teaching, and nonprofits and to graduate programs in many fields. We help you find the career path that is right for you.