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Chris Gallant
Chair of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor

Megan Burke Witzleben, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair of Arts& Sciences
Assistant Professor



A degree in English from Hilbert College might better be called a degree in versatility, a course of study that sharpens the critical interpretive, analytic, reasoning and communication skills that are the foundation for many careers.

And in today’s ever-changing global marketplace, where five career changes in a lifetime is the new norm, those able to adapt are most likely to succeed.

English is a gateway to myriad careers, such as teaching, technical writing, library science, advertising, communication and public relations. It can also inspire your creative side with opportunities in creative writing, film or theater.

A bachelor’s degree in English is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in English, law, counseling, business and education. Hilbert graduates go on to graduate school at a rate that’s double the national average. Those who want to teach can jump-start their graduate studies in education/certification during their senior year at Hilbert through articulation agreements with other local graduate programs.

As an English major, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of literary styles and texts, the works of significant authors, and the world’s most renowned writers of drama, prose and poetry. You will write extensively, explore various writing styles, and refine your written and oral communication skills.

Select From 5 Concentrations

  • Creative Studies Concentration—Film
  • Creative Studies Concentration—Writing
  • Graduate School Preparation—Education
  • Graduate School Preparation—Literature
  • Theater Concentration
Our professors bring a depth of theoretical, scholarly and practical experience to the classroom, and Hilbert’s 14-to-1 student-teacher ratio means you’ll have unmatched personal attention and academic advisement.

Our internship program provides opportunities to put your knowledge to work and engage in networking opportunities. Our student-interns have worked for radio and television stations, government offices, nonprofit organizations, libraries, and at many other sites.

Why Study English at Hilbert?

  • Day, evening and online courses to accommodate your busy schedule;
  • The opportunity to minor in one of more than a dozen academic areas
92.4% Positive Career Outcomes
Average class size 15 students