Academic Programs

Possible career options:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Media specialist
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Arts administrator

Where our graduates study:

  • Duke University
  • Harvard University Law School
  • University of Chicago
  • University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Law School
  • University of Texas–Austin

Positions our graduates have held:

  • 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, The Military History Channel
  • Professor of English, California State University, Fullerton
  • Operations director, Lexington Arts and Cultural Council

The Judy Gaines Young Writing Awards »

Program Overview

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

The program, while based in the study of British and American literature, offers courses that explore other traditions, including African, and those that explore a variety of topics 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.

The Transylvania Edge

We are more than our regular courses....

Past years have seen a thriving English club, with students organizing events that let them pursue their interests together. Students have been involved, too, in the visits to campus by the Delcamp Visiting Writers—and are always welcome at the weekly Film Junkies screenings.

In the daily life of campus, English majors find a home in our campus media, serving on the staff of the campus newspaper, The Rambler, and sustaining our campus literature and arts magazine, The Transylvanian (the oldest university literary journal west of the Alleghenies, first published in 1892).

They take advantage of internship possibilities developed from within the Career Development Center. English majors have found valuable experience working with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), and various community organizations. English majors with an eye on law school have found work as "runners" for nearby law firms, situated conveniently downtown.

Students taking English classes have enjoyed travel courses during May term, visiting cities in both the United States and England. English majors and minors have also gained rich experience, both personal and academic, from studying abroad, either during summer or for a full term.

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