The English Department at Tulane offers courses in English and American literature, Caribbean literature, and African literature, as well as Caribbean, Southeast Asian, African, and other literatures, across many historical periods. Courses are also offered in creative writing, expository writing, film, television, new media studies, environmental studies, archival research, digital humanities, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, race, postcolonial studies, graphic novels, hip hop, standup comedy, literary theory, and more.
The courses develop strengths in writing, close reading, creativity, critical thinking, augmentation, interpretation, analysis, and research, and invite students to approach their world with a sense of imagination, empathy, civic engagement, and inclusion. We encourage our majors to engage in research as undergraduates and provide opportunities for faculty-mentored student research in our classes and through independent study. All of these skills prepare our majors and minors for a range of career paths, which we further support through departmental programming and alumni mentoring.
The English major is designed to give students much freedom to design their own course of study. Majors may elect to earn a Creative Writing concentration.