Williams College English Department

Please see this important page for current instructions on how to declare the major.  Don’t forget Pre-registration Zoom open house, on May 13, 5-6pm Eastern Time. English Department faculty will be available in breakout rooms to chat about the major and their 2021-22 courses. All are welcome!  Zoom link here.


Please click here for this year’s guidelines on the Conger and Bell Prize, due May 17.

For more information about our events and Zoom links please click here.

English majors study our many-sided attempts to come to grips with the world in language and story. To find out more click here.

Honors theses written by our amazing students are digitally archived by the Williams College Library, so if you'd like to check out this year's honors projects (or theses from previous years, all the way back to 1938!), please use the link in our bio to access the College's electronic thesis archive.

Students who are contemplating writing honors theses in the future are especially encouraged to browse this archive. Nothing like having good models of what successful theses look like!

Congrats again to this year's terrific honors cohort. 👏🎉🍾💜

The New Books Network has just released a new podcast episode about the edited volume, "Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive," which was edited by our own Prof. Bethany Hicok. The podcast consists of a wonderful conversation between Prof. Hicok and Duncan McCargo. Link to the podcast episode in our bio.

Also, Prof. Hicok's edited collection on Bishop is open access, which means you can read an electronic version for free! Link to the open access version of the book is also available in our bio.

Recent grads, a reminder about the English Department Zoom reception this Saturday afternoon:

Repost from @williamsenglishdept

Dear graduating English Majors,

Ordinarily, the English Department holds a cocktail hour reception for grads and their families the Friday before Commencement. We can't do that this year, but we still want to have a chance to congratulate you and your families, so we've scheduled a virtual reception on Saturday June 5, from 4:30-5:30pm EDT (Zoom link in bio). The College Marshall's Office requested that departments not schedule their receptions during the compressed Senior Weekend, since it will already be so packed with College-wide events. So even though it'll be some days after the graduation ceremony itself, please join us! We'd love to meet your families and congratulate YOU! Recommended: BYO beverage of your choice, to sip and toast! Faculty will be hanging out in breakout rooms so that it's possible to have meaningful smaller conversations. We also recommend that you and your family members make sure your Zoom clients are updated before the event, which will enable you to move between breakout rooms more easily.

It's hard to believe this year (indeed, all four of your years here) are nearing an end. 😢 Please savor these last few weeks. Sending you all strength (for the final push!) and sympathetic joy. 👏🎉🥳💜

Cass Cleghorn's poem "Black Walnut" up at Matter
To read the whole poem, use link in bio...