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If you’ve ever been inspired by a piece of literature, a scene from a film, or even a line of dialogue from a TV show, then you already understand the value an English degree.

As an English major at Rollins, you’ll pursue a deeper understanding of the human condition and explore the creative endeavors of the human imagination. You’ll learn to read critically and write passionately, of course, but you’ll also listen and watch, travel and explore.

Our unique curriculum will help you develop skills to communicate ideas, analyze problems, and synthesize solutions—leaving you better prepared not just to pursue the career you want, but to be continually inspired along the way.

Why Study English at Rollins

Learn in the Real World

Our faculty-led field studies let you apply what you’re learning in class in the real world—like a week in London exploring contemporary drama or a Southern authors road trip that takes you from O’Connor’s Savannah to Faulkner’s Mississippi.

Develop In-Demand Skills

Our learning model builds a foundation of portable skills enabling your success in any career field, with an emphasis on close reading, critical thinking, effective communication, and creative and professional writing.

Investigate Across Cultural Texts

We offer flexibility in the way we investigate texts and culture, including books, films, television, drama, and other media. Studying English at Rollins teaches you to analyze storytelling and cultural practices in a variety of forms.

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Robert Vezina
“Being well read and having the ability to conduct deeper analyses of the world around me has allowed my education to continue—no matter where I am or what I’m doing. In addition, the ability to write coherently—which isn’t as common as it should be—was enormously helpful when applying for law school and has been critical to my success in it.”

Robert Vezina ’12

JD Candidate, Duke University School of Law

Rollins English Careers

Rollins English grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations.

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Kristen Arnett ’12

Author, Mostly Dead Things

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Michael van den Berg ’12

Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York City

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Chelsea Jane Cutchens ’13

Associate Editor, ABRAMS

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Destiny Reyes ’17

JD Candidate, Cornell Law School

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Eddie Huang ’04

Author, Fresh Off the Boat and Double Cup Love; Host, Huang’s World

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Renee Stone ’85

Chief of Staff, Natural Resources Defense Council

Real World Experience

Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships and other professional experiences with some of Orlando’s top organizations.

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Popular Courses

Our diverse range of courses and flexible course requirements are designed to foster your creative thinking. You’re encouraged to create an individualized English program that reflects your interests and passions.

ENG 241
Before The Hunger Games: Dystopian Literature and Film

Study everything from Animal Farm to Wall-E while examining the conventions of this genre as well as its social and cultural anxieties, reflections, and implications.

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ENG 307
Immigrants in American Literature and Film

Investigate the American immigrant experience, studying a broad range of content—from Chaplin’s The Immigrant to The Godfather and Hamilton to Trump.

ENG 233
Mean Girls in Literature and Film

Examine the cultural phenomenon of the mean girl through popular and literary American texts, including Cinderella, The Crucible, Beatrice Bobs Her Hair, and Mean Girls.

ENGW 267
Writing Books for (and with) Children

Examine the craft of writing books for children, especially picture books and chapter books for early readers. In addition to writing books for children, you’ll also partner with a child to co-author a picture book during a month-long immersion at Rollins’ Child Development Center.

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ENG 345
Hemlock, Harlots and Harassment

Ancient Greek and Roman rhetoricians developed a rich theory of persuasion. Employ these theories to analyze political discourse, from speeches to tweets, from campaigning to complaining, and from aspirations to attacks.

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ENG 430
Huck Finn’s Literary Kin

Explore works inspired by one of the most developed first-person narrators in American literary history. Study classics by Willa Cather and Harper Lee, and contemporary novels by Gabriel Tallent and Jesmyn Ward.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins English Major

“I have always been interested in being a writer and knew that the Rollins English major was the right place for me because of the awesome professors and small class sizes. The Rollins English department has taught me so much and has always encouraged my passion.”

Gigi Nappi '21

Beyond the Classroom

Winter With the Writers Every February, Rollins hosts one of the South’s premier literary festivals with readings and workshops from some of the world’s top contemporary writers, including a pair of National Book Awards finalists. English majors do everything from organize the event to participate in master classes with the writers.

Sigma Tau Delta Members of our English honors society promote literary interest across the campus. In the past, they’ve hosted mystery-themed parties, planned movie screenings, and organized team trivia that pits students against faculty.

Brushing Our student art and literary magazine gives English majors valuable hands-on experience in the field—the chance to write, submit, edit, and publish—and it also serves as one of Rollins’ boldest creative voices.

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Expert Faculty

Our robust English department faculty is equipped with a high number of terminal degrees in the field and a broad range of expertise in both writing and analysis.

Department of English
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2766
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2666
F. 407.628.6309

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