ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study English at Goucher?


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. Readers and writers come together to learn from one other and from the rich tradition of literature in English.

No matter what you want to do with your major in English, you’re going to need an international perspective to thrive in the 21st century. Goucher’s English studies students can choose between numerous semester-long study abroad programs, as well as three-week intensive courses abroad.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


Our professors train students as readers and writers, familiarizing them with their literary and linguistic heritage and cultivating an awareness of literature not only as a source of enjoyment and aesthetic stimulation, but also as a means by which individuals and societies clarify experience and define values. Fundamentally, the program’s concern is with words, their use (and abuse), and their impact on human thought and feeling.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Students studying English can 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. After graduation, many of our students attend top graduate programs, while others embark on careers at organizations such as The Baltimore Sun, Macmillan Publishing, and Post-Newsweek Media.

Course Curriculum

Faculty

Major & Minor Program Contacts
English: Antje Rauwerda

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Antje Rauwerda, Associate Professor of English: Third Culture Literature (The Literature of Writers Raised Abroad); Postcolonial Literature, Contemporary International Writing in English, British Literature

Angelo Robinson, Associate Professor of English: African American literature, American Literature, American studies, gender and sexuality

Michelle Tokarczyk, Professor of English: Working-Class Studies, Contemporary American Literature, Women’s Studies, Composition

Juliette Wells, Associate Professor of English: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature; the novel; women's writing; Jane Austen

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Jeffrey Myers, Associate Professor of English: Shakespeare and the Visual Arts in the Renaissance

Arnold Sanders, Associate Professor of English: Medieval literature, expository writing, literary theory, archives

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher students of English gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.

Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Internship Program


Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the English faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. Students studying English often do 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


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.

Student Work Opportunities


To find on-campus employment especially suitable for English Department students, please visit the Career Development Office.