​English and Textual Studies

​College of Arts and Sciences

Immerse yourself in the study of literary history, criticism, and theory.

Discover the meaning in language and culture and examine literary forms. You may pursue a concentration in creative writing or film and screen studies, and you may also choose dual enrollment (in education, for example) with another school or college within the University.

Gain the strong writing, reasoning, and communication skills you need to pursue careers that demand practitioners with your passion for words and ideas.

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Sample Courses

  • Survey of British Literature
  • Survey of American Literature
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Narratives of Culture: Introduction to Issues of Critical Reading
  • Ethnicity and Literary Texts
  • Topics in Critical Analysis

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities for community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Explore themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.


Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options for international study. English and textual studies majors will find relevant programs in Florence, London, Madrid, and in many world partner programs.


Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in English and textual studies, you can explore careers in fields such as:

  • Teaching
  • Advertising
  • Copy editing
  • Human resources
  • Public relations
  • Writing and journalism

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as library science, education, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.