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Goucher is known for its strong community of writers and readers.  

English faculty teach courses in British, American, and international literature, as well as in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.  In our department, readers and writers come together to learn from one other and from the rich tradition of literature in English.   

Students may choose to major in English with concentrations in either literature or creative writing.  Three minors are available: a general minor in English; a creative writing minor; and a professional writing minor. 

Graduates of our program have distinguished careers as authors and in a variety of professions, including law, teaching, and publishing. 

Internship Program

Students studying English often pursue internships that involve the application of knowledge and skills in composition, language, and literature, typically in editing, publishing, journalism, radio and television, advertising, and public relations. These students often work for businesses, professional firms, and government agencies. Credit for off-campus experience is available in some cases to students working for the college newspaper.

The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this department is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in English. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own. A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in English should contact their individual academic advisers.


Preface  is a student-run and reviewed literature and art magazine. Its past includes beautiful and expressive works, name changes, and, at one point, nearly ending completely. With the work of a few dedicated individuals over the decades, Preface has survived as a medium of student expression for Goucher College. Preface's current form is largely due to the Co-Editor in Chief Shaina Longway. Without her dedication and vision, Preface would never have made it to the press and into student hands.

Program Contact
Antje Rauwerda | 410-337-6218 |

Center for Humanities

Majors: American Studies, Art History, English (with concentrations in literature, writing, creative writing, secondary education), History, Philosophy 

Minors: Art History, English, History, Historic Preservation, Book Studies, Philosophy 

Center Director: April Oettinger,


Jen Fordyce
Jen Fordyce
“Moving somewhere and participating in the indigenous culture in an authentic way—just learning—has been a pretty incredible experience.”