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Literature and Culture

Georgetown students studying English and comparative literature explore widely diverse literary and cultural traditions from across the globe and develop strong analytical, critical and writing skills.

As they examine literature and its interaction with other cultural forms, they gain an understanding of complex relations across national and cultural boundaries.

The Department of English, one of the largest humanities faculties and majors in the College, offers a full complement of courses in the literary and cultural traditions of the United States and Great Britain, as well as many contemporary English-speaking societies across the world, including Ireland, India and countries in Africa and the Caribbean.

The English department also houses one of the few stand-alone English master’s degree programs at a nationally ranked university.

Faculty research interests include women's studies, video and film, British, American, and Anglophone literature and culture, and many other areas. The department's poetry, creative writing, and journalism classes also offer students many ways to develop their writing.

The Comparative Literature Program offers students the opportunity to acquire expertise in two or more linguistic, literary and cultural traditions and examine their connections. 

The American Studies Program is an interdisciplinary major that encourages students to make connections across diverse fields of study. Students develop a course of study that integrates academic work in a range of disciplines, which can include history, literature, theology, political science, theater and performance studies, fine arts, economics, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

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