Why study English Literature and Film Criticism at Washburn?

The critical thinking and research skills acquired in the literature and film criticism emphasis will prepare you for a wide variety of personal and professional goals, ranging from graduate or professional school to teaching literature and language in the higher education classroom, or any other disciplines requiring a strong background in critical reading, research, and writing. 

Career Forecast Growing OutlookCrucial Skills Research and critical reading skills prepare you for many career fields.on campus
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What sets Washburn English apart?

At Washburn, the literature faculty are well-regarded scholars who research, publish, and mentor students in their pursuits. You’ll complete a senior capstone or directed study with a faculty mentor. Several English literature and film criticism students have presented at conferences and opportunities exist for specialized study in British, American, or world literature, as well as film.

You'll also have these opportunities:

  • You'll be eligible for some of the more than $42,000 in scholarships awarded by the English Department each year. There also are paid positions available if you want to tutor English.
  • Create something meaningful: You can help produce the Inscape literary magazine, help plan the Literature Festival for children in grades 5-12 from across Kansas, and your work can contribute to the field at conferences.
  • Study abroad opportunities are encouraged!
  • English majors have a strong and active community on campus. Join in as soon as you get to Washburn.
  • Internship opportunities are rich and varied. Work with your advisor early so you can tailor your experience to your interest.

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Your opportunities as an English Literature major range from careers in traditional or digital media and publishing to advertising, marketing, public relations, administration, and beyond. Your salary will vary depending on your role and industry, but the skills of an English major are in demand.

Student/Faculty Ratio

15:1 English

Qualities for success


Excellent communication skills

Innovation and creativity

Awareness of underrepresented perspectives

Real-world experience

Graduate career-ready with professional internship experience in a setting that aligns with your goals.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of English

English Department
Morgan Hall, Room 237
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1441

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