If you choose to major in English and Comparative Literature (ECL), you will gain myriad important skills that will prove essential in the workplace and in the public sphere more broadly. ECL majors learn to produce clear and persuasive analytical writing or creative writing that demonstrates the qualities of literature. Moreover, the major teaches research methods, critical reading skills, comparative thinking, and historical contexts. Particularly at this moment in American culture and history, we believe these skills are essential. The ECL curriculum ensures that students gain historical breadth in their discipline in the form of surveys, as well as depth, in courses that focus on a single genre, topic, or author, which allow for a sustained emphasis on close analysis.

Students majoring in English and Comparative Literature also have the opportunity to concentrate their field of study on British & American Literature; Comparative & World Literatures; Creative Writing; Film Studies; Science, Medicine, & Literature; Social Justice & Literature; Writing, Editing, & Digital Publishing.


The Major Basics

The new major in English & Comparative Literature – a great choice for double majors.


British & American Literature

From Milton to Morrison, Shakespeare to Faulkner, choose your own adventure as you explore rich literary traditions. This concentration not only introduces students to a broad range of texts, but also allows room for specialization.


Comparative & World Literatures

Want to explore the world without leaving campus? Let literature be your tour guide as your imagination travels to far-away places, discovering new cultures and ideas. This concentration can take you anywhere!


Creative Writing

Our undergraduate Creative Writing program is—and has long been—among the best in the United States. The faculty and students have published widely, won many prizes, and shaped the contemporary literature of North Carolina, the South, the nation, and beyond.


Film Studies

Interested in film analysis, film archiving, or audiovisual literacy? This concentration helps students become critical thinkers, keen observers, and eloquent writers capable of navigating the many screens of our modern world.


Science, Medicine, & Literature

Interested in medical school or a career in the health sciences? This concentration helps prepare students to understand and create innovative pathways in healthcare research and treatment in the twenty-first century.


Social Justice & Literature

Interested in law, public policy, advocacy, or related endeavors? This concentration helps students build a strong cultural foundation to inform social justice work. Learn how and why writing can change the world.


Writing, Editing, & Digital Publishing

Interested in professional writing, editing, digital literacy, or publishing? This concentration helps students investigate how communication today moves beyond written texts to composing for a range of media.


**Click HERE if you started the English and Comparative Literature major before 2017.**