The Department of English offers courses for all students who wish to enrich their understanding of literature and language and to develop their skills as readers and writers.

These are skills essential to leading constructive and imaginative lives. They also provide preparation for careers in law, teaching, publishing, advertising, communications, business, and medicine—for any work that requires the ability to read, to write, and to integrate information in meaningful patterns.

The major offers two tracks: creative writing and literature. Students on the creative writing track hone their skills as poets, fiction writers, and essayists, developing their craft under the mentorship of distinguished novelists and poets.  On both tracks, students receive excellent training in expository writing—the kind of clear, effective prose necessary for success in any career. 

In addition to off-campus study and internships, students take active roles in the Lake Forest College Press and the Lake Forest Literary Festival


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