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Liz Corsun, Associate Professor of English; Program Director

Phone: (859) 233-8234

Carpenter Academic Center 210A
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY

Transylvania’s English program offers a wide range of courses in both traditional and contemporary literature, as well as in film and popular culture.

There is a powerful connection between reading and thinking. If a student learns how to read with depth and focus, then he or she will most likely start thinking that way, too. And then the student’s own writing will develop and mature.

Maurice Manning, professor of English, writer in residence

The program, while based in the study of British and American literature, offers courses that explore other traditions and issues, including women’s literature, film, popular culture and how to write poetry and short fiction.

Through the program, you will learn to read critically, reflect on what you’ve read, engage with literatures of different cultures and times and write in different forms—from expository to creative.

Students participate in the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and in the visits to campus by the Delcamp Visiting Writers and the winners of the Judy Gaines Young Literary Award. They also organize events that let them pursue their interests together. 

Where Our Graduates Have Worked

Attorney, Stites and Harbison
Director of editorial policies, E. W. Scripps Co.
Executive and program assistant, Hitachi Foundation
Public relations coordinator, Meridian Communications
Writer and brand manager, Military History Channel
Professor of English, California State University, Fullerton
Operations director, Lexington Arts and Cultural Council

Opportunities in the Major

The Transylvanian (art and literary journal)
The Rambler (student newspaper)
Delcamp Visiting Writer Series
Judy Gaines Young Student Writer Award

Courses of Special Interest

Twentieth-Century American Literature, Post-1945
Jane Austen and Film
The Culture of Nature
The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Where Our Graduates Have Studied

Indiana University
Wake Forest University
University of Chicago
New York University
University of Texas–Austin
The Ohio State University
Yale University

Possible Career Options

Broadcast journalist
Media specialist
Public relations coordinator
Arts administrator

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

New Zealand

These GlobalTransy programs have at least three courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.