Browse Majors & Minors
The Power of Words.
Reading literature is not just an entertaining pastime. It helps you understand yourself and others. By reading, we learn to read individuals, read cultures, and understand how language works to shape both. By writing, we learn to analyze, synthesize, and become powerful critical and creative thinkers.
Our majors know the power of words. They practice how to persuade, how to dissect and analyze, and most of all, how to build complex and beautiful things, whether it be a poem, a piece of fiction, or an interpretative essay.
Our graduates are prepared, whether the next step is graduate school or a profession. You don’t need to take our word for that, though. Listen to their own stories about why majoring in English mattered.
Martha Southgate, fiction writer, will be visiting Alma College on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
“It’s an incredible privilege to be able to publish these writers — like Jamaal May. He’s one of contemporary poetry’s best, and having his writing appear in the journal is such a warm, good feeling.” — Santino DallaVecchia
Faculty author Robert Vivian’s newest book is a collection of dervish essays influenced by the Turkish poet Rumi.