EnglishSamford’s English major cultivates knowledge of literary and cinematic traditions, and offers a flexible skill set suited to success in a wide range of professions. Our faculty mentors help students develop excellence in critical thinking, persuasive writing and speaking, information literacy, interpretation and project management. They also lead them through the research experiences, internships and professional networking essential for graduate study and careers.
EnglishA minor in English, with its emphasis on American and English literature, can add unique value to majors and careers in history, sociology, political science, philosophy, religion, studies, geography, communication studies and journalism.
A minor in writing allows students to study writing as a discipline, a means of self-expression, and an academic and professional tool. It’s an ideal complement for any degree or career that values expertise in written discourse for both traditional and electronic formats.
Creative WritingStudents who are called to the study and craft of creative writing may audition, by writing sample, for The English major’s creative writing concentration, which provides a foundation in the study of English literature and a strong component in writing poetry, short fiction and literary nonfiction. Admitted students read extensively and learn the history and theory of literary forms as they develop their personal skills in the craft of writing. The cornerstone of the creative writing education is the craft-based workshop, small classes where student work is considered along with the work of proven masters. In the spring semester of the senior year, students demonstrate their skills by writing a creative writing thesis in a specific genre. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to audition by writing sample. Once admitted to the program, they must earn a C- or better in all core concentration courses.
Film StudiesThe English major’s concentration in film studies combines a foundation in the study of English literature with a strong film studies component. While studying a fundamental literary subject such as Shakespeare, students will learn about the history of cinema and the contributions of influential auteurs, as well as the complex dynamics between film and literature. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in-depth studies of important genres and pivotal movements or nationalities. The study of film necessarily includes reading films critically, researching current scholarship, and writing original arguments. In the spring semester of their senior year, students will demonstrate their knowledge by writing a thesis that features film exclusively or combines film and literature.