English Department

Steele Nowlin Recognized for ResearchSteele Nowlin Recognized for Research
For his considerable work on Middle English literature, Elliott Associate Professor of English Steele Nowlin was presented the 2017 John Peter Mettauer Award for Excellence in Research. Full Story...

Guided by the principle that the study of literature enables students to become better readers, writers, thinkers, and citizens of the world, the Department of English offers a rich curriculum in British, American, and world literatures, creative writing, cinema, and literary theory. Specific courses treat literary periods, genres, major authors, and literary and cultural topics. The department is home to the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, one of the oldest continuously-published poetry journals in the country, and the Garnet, a student-published magazine of poetry, prose, and photography. Hampden-Sydney English majors have enjoyed success in graduate programs, business, law, journalism, teaching, and public service. Our curriculum helps both majors and non-majors develop essential skills in analytic and abstract thinking, cultural analysis, and written communication—all in addition to a love of reading that extends well beyond graduation.

Degree Offerings
English major
Creative Writing minor