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English, Philosophy, and Film Studies


Do you want to express yourself through the written word, or perhaps from behind the lens? Our English, Film, and Philosophy program allows students to tailor their studies to their creative tastes. Students may pursue interests in a variety of specialties: journalism and professional writing, creative writing, literature, philosophy, film, and cultural studies. With a variety of liberal studies concentrations and minors, the possibilities are endless.

English, B.A.

Required Courses

Core Courses (27-29 Credits)

Minimum required credits for the program:  42-47

Requirements for the program (Core, and either the Writing Concentration, or Literature and Cultural Studies Concentration, or Film Studies Concentration)

 *ENG-2290, ENG-2325, ENG-2390, ENG 2540 and the Literature and Cultural Studies Concentration, including 6 credits of ENG-3545, are required for licensure in English Secondary Education.

Required Core: (15 Credits)

Core Choice: (12-14 Credits)

Choose at least 12 credits, with at least 6 ENG credits, from:

Selected courses at the 1000 or 2000 level with approval of advisor.

Writing Concentration (15 Credits)

Literature and Film Studies Concentration (15-17 Credits)

(Required for Licensure in English Secondary Education.)

Choose at least 6 credits from:

(Only 3 credits may be counted toward the program.)

Selected courses at the 3000 or 4000 level with approval of advisor.

Our effort is to prepare all of our students—majors and non-majors—for the richness of a lifetime of reading and writing, as well as to supply a firm and comprehensive foundation for each student as he or she pursues either graduate study or a chosen career.

The best thing about Lyndon’s English, Philosophy, and Film Studies Department is that we offer a set of courses and programs with the extensive range and depth of a much larger college or university with the small college, personal attention that is Lyndon’s hallmark. With our dedicated teaching faculty and small classes, not only will you get to really know your professors and fellow students, but you will have access to courses and programs in literature, writing, media, philosophy, culture, and film that are a match for any college in Vermont or New England.

English Minors

Film Studies Minor

Minimum required credits for the minor: 23-26

Literature Minor

Minimum required credits for the minor: 21

Philosophy Minor

Minimum required credits for the minor: 21

Requirements for the minor


Choose 21 credits from the courses below with at least 9 credits from PHI and at least 6 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level:

Writing Minor

Minimum required credits for minor: 21

"Essential Knowledge"

In providing students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education in all its various programs, the Department of English, Philosophy, and Film Studies seeks:

  • to provide students with a vital and substantive understanding of the study and analysis of culture through literature, writing, philosophy, and a variety of cultural media
  • to provide students with critical reading and research skills
  • to train students in the kind of analytical, interpretive, and communicative skills that are valuable not only in graduate study, but in any area of management and communications, from personnel to public relations
  • to develop and enhance students’ writing skills
  • as with any liberal arts discipline, to teach students how to learn by developing their critical thinking skills