As an English major at Truman, you will learn to better understand your own and other cultural traditions by engaging with literature at a deep, advanced level.
Choose your own adventure
The English major focuses on language, writing skills, and the theoretical, cultural, and historical diversities that shape literary tradition. Forge your own path and specialty by choosing from nearly 100 diverse courses - from Beowolf to gender theory, film studies to Russian drama, linguistics to children’s literature.
Small Classes & Individual Attention
No graduate teaching assistants here. Our intimate program and 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio ensure you'll be working one-on-one with full-time professors. Our small class sizes mean you'll interact more with your teachers and fellow students and won't get lost in the crowds of larger schools.
Our program develops strong critical thinking and analytical skills. We will encourage you to write papers and present at conferences - perhaps Truman's Undergraduate Student Research Conference - and publish in professional trade publications and academic or literary journals. This experience gives you the edge when you start your career, often leading to opportunities before you even graduate.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Did you know that Steven Spielberg was an English major? You find them across all fields. Throughout your own journey, you will hone your craft of textual analysis, become a better writer, and develop an advanced understanding of literature and the English language that will serve you well across a number of professional fields.
Our graduates have gone on to such diverse companies and fields as:
Ofstad Writer-in-Residence David Chan will read from Utopian Fairytales (prose) on Thursday, April 17, at 7:00 PM, in the final event of the semester in the Clayton B. Ofstad Readings Series. The reading will take place at the University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish Hall. Professor Chan is currently the inaugural Clayton B. Ofstad Endowed Writer-in-Residence/Visiting […] Read More
Years ago on the Truman campus, a special friendship developed between English professor and poet Jim Thomas and the young Scott Piper (son of faculty members Fontaine and Vera Piper), who delighted in Thomas’s person and craft. On Saturday March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Scott (now Dr. Scott Piper renowned tenor and Assistant Professor of Music […] Read More