Why be an English Major?
Consider these reasons to be an English major at Butler
- Faculty. Butler is a
teaching institution. Although our professors display diplomas from
around the country and regularly publish their scholarly and
creative work (just check out our display case), the heart of the
English department is its students. Small class size,
discussion-based seminars, independent studies, and plenty of
office hours attest to the professors' commitment to their
- Visiting Writers Series.
Every year the Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series invites
twelve nationally recognized authors to speak to the Butler
community -- Toni Morrison, David Sedaris, Gwendolyn Brooks,
Margaret Atwood, and Nick Hornby, to name a few. Writer visits
include a Q&A session and a public reading, but the best part
about having influential authors on campus is that they visit
undergraduate classrooms to talk straight with students about the
literary world. And it's free.
- Opportunities for creative
writers. The English Department at Butler University is the
proud home of Manuscripts, an award winning literary magazine that
features poetry, short prose, and photography from our talented
majors. Students are also invited to share their work in monthly
poetry readings at the on-campus Starbucks and in the annual
Creative Writing Contest.
- Internships. Whether in
Indy or D.C. or N.Y.C., employers love our English majors. Armed
with acute reasoning skills and brimming with creativity, our
students are prepared to succeed in any number of professional
fields. Recently, English interns have had great experiences
working with companies as varied as National Geographic and the
Alaskan Wilderness League.
- Indianapolis. English
majors craving adventure can head to downtown Indy, home to several
theatre venues, a major symphony orchestra, and an internationally
prominent art museum - not to mention Circle Centre Shopping Mall
or Conseco Field House where the Pacers play. In the
village of Broad Ripple, located just two miles from Butler,
students enjoy everything from coffee shops and vintage clothing
stores to the video gaming nexus, Netheads. When you're in the
Village, you also might want to stop by Big Hat Books, Indy's only
independently owned bookstore, or savor a bite at one of Broad
Ripple's ethnic restaurants -- Indian, Thai, Japanese, Belgian,
Italian, Mediterranean or Mexican cuisine. On campus, English
majors can take advantage of the weekly theatre, dance, and musical
productions given by Butler's Jordan College of Fine Arts or buy a
discounted student ticket to the latest musical at Clowes Memorial
- Courses. Scan the
bulletin of English courses and you'll see that we offer both
traditional and interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies.
Alongside offerings in Shakespeare and Chaucer, you'll find a
dynamic fusion of literature and technology in Professor
Goldsmith's "Prosthetic Gods: Technology and the Body in Literature
and Film." Similarly, Professor Flanzbaum combines psychology,
fiction and history in "Literature of Holocaust" while Professor
Reeves uses rhetorical analysis to investigate scientific writing.
With only thirty-three hours required for a major, English students
can also explore other fields through double-majors, minors, or
- Writing. The ability to
write well has become increasingly rare and therefore increasingly
valued. Because we teach our students how to write, our graduates
advance in any field they choose -- whether it's business,
education, or forest preservation. As an English major at Butler,
you can expect to write extensively in genres ranging from rhetoric
and literary analysis to personal essays, poetry, or prose.
- Writers' Studio. Located
on the third floor of Jordan Hall in the middle of the English
Department, this multipurpose room provides a haven for English
majors. Home to Butler's Peer Tutoring Program, the Studio's space
allows English majors to sink into a squishy sofa and enjoy a
strong cup of coffee between classes. English majors also gather
here for department pizza parties, Q&A sessions with visiting
writers, and informal chats with professors.
- Unlimited potential. In
the twenty-first century an English major has become a valuable
asset in any professional environment. Not only do Butler's English
majors become writers, editors, publishers, copywriters, teachers,
and professors, but they also achieve success in graduate studies,
medical or law school, and the corporate world. Visit our alumni page to see
what our majors do after graduation.
Read on. Please accept this
invitation to explore our website and discover what English at
Butler is all about.