Suffolk’s English majors explore the powerful connections between literary themes and modern issues. You’ll learn to articulate strong points of view, compose your thoughts in an organized and creative way, identify major literary themes, and draw lessons from groundbreaking works that illuminate aspects of the human condition. Suffolk is also home to a branch of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.
You’ll benefit from Suffolk’s proximity to the Boston Public Library, the country’s first large public library. Boston has been home to legendary writers for generations, including Emerson, Alcott, Thoreau, and Plath. Our campus is set among many literary landmarks—including the Old Corner Bookstore, part of the Freedom Trail. So it’s not surprising that writing is a strong focus here, with its own specialized concentration and minor:
Our Creative Writing students enjoy a series of workshops, many run by notable visiting scholars. Suffolk is also home to a dedicated Poetry Center within our Mildred Sawyer Library. The center is one of Boston’s creative hubs, home to our own poetry collection as well as a series of public seminars, workshops, and readings that you’re encouraged to attend. Suffolk also publishes a renowned literary journal, Salamander, a valuable outlet for creative writing students.
You’ll also have the chance to explore the foundations and impact of literature on society:
Students focus on the foundational texts and artistic expressions of the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions in order to discover the qualities that make these works enduring in relevance. Students who major in English, history, humanities, world languages, or philosophy often choose to pursue the Classics minor. The Classics minor also provides students with the option of studying an ancient language.
History and Literature Honors Major
This honors major provides interested and qualified students the opportunity to explore the relationship between history and literature. Open to students in our admissions-only honors program, this program of study gives you the opportunity to take classes in both disciplines, culminating in a senior project.