ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Literature at Goucher?


The professors in this program are authors and experts of literary analysis who work with students in small classes and one-on-one mentorship. Additionally, students work in Goucher’s Special Collections and Archives, which houses the internationally recognized Jane Austen collection that contains first, rare, and unique editions. 


 

 

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


In reading historical, American, and international literature, you will hone your skills in recognizing recurrent themes, tropes, and images. It will teach you how to prioritize (which of these patterns matter and why?) and interpret (if this matters to the text, what can be learned from it?). Unlike other art forms in which your view is from the outside, in literature your eye is the narrative’s "I" and you discover what it is like to see from the perspective of someone else.  Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Beyond your major, there are pathways in publishing, teaching, law, library science, as well as other careers that draw upon the skills you will gain from critical thinking. Our emphasis on textual analysis is especially useful when paired with political or business interests and even medical research; our Literary Studies Race, Power, Perspective courses relate to community activism, international development, and humanitarianism; and our specialized work in seeing from other points of view is an asset in any field in which you need to collaborate.

 

Faculty

Program Contact
Antje Rauwerda

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty

Leslie Lewis, Professor of English

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, 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

Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

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 Education Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

Students interested in arranging an internship in English should contact their individual academic advisors.

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.

Student Employment


Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration


Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search


A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School


Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Alumni SpotlightChevron iconLaura Tims '14

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Laura Tims '14


“I decided that I wanted to be a writer when I was pretty young. I never really had any backup plan.”

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