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English and Creative Writing Department

English and Media Studies

A.B., Minor, Major

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Find Your Voice. Write Your Truth.

Guilford’s English and Media Studies majors develop into ethical, expert truth tellers in a world where the written word travels faster than ever before. Here, you’ll discover and create complex meanings with texts that run the gamut of time and space, from Beowulf to 21st-century Arab women writers to film and digital media.

Turn your passion for language and literature into highly adaptable skills like technical writing, multimedia communication, document design, creative and critical analysis, digital copy editing and business storytelling. As a critical reader and powerful writer, you’ll have the talents and skills valued by employers in many contemporary professions.

Refine your interests and sharpen your ability to present ideas with authority. Get involved with hands-on, student-directed projects like creating brochure copy for a racism awareness conference. Join collaborative studies of diverse voices and historical times that will arm you with a global perspective and profound cultural understanding. Our accessible and supportive faculty members will prepare you for a career in media, education, law, government, business and more. You'll learn to use the power of words to enact change in the world.

English minors at Guilford study the literatures of the English-speaking world, primarily focusing on traditional and non-traditional American and British writers. Courses in literatures in translation are also offered.

Graduates have pursued careers as a magazine editor, speechwriter, U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, London-based technical writer, photojournalist, video game developer, BBC publicity coordinator, Shakespearean actor, recording studio production manager, and Stanford digital information systems developer. Many have attended graduate schools including the University of Texas, Austin, North Carolina State University, Columbia University, University of Colorado, Brooklyn College, Emerson College, University of Essex, England and Harvard.

College Catalog

For more information about courses within the English and Media Studies Major, visit the Academics Departments and Majors page in the College Catalog. For more information about courses within the English and Media Studies Minor, visit the Minors page in the College Catalog. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; and tuition, fees and financial aid information.

Hands-on Learning

"Being an English major at Guilford was an enriching, thought provoking, as well as humbling experience. I can say without a doubt that Guilford has made me better person. Guilford is truly a college that changes lives."

William ’16

Guilford English and Media Studies majors learn by exploring beyond the classroom during invaluable internships, including:

  • Working with local, New York City, or London publishing firms and media companies
  • Interning at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
  • Collaborating with filmmakers in San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • Partnering with Guilford professors to conduct research or teach