The English Department at Georgetown University has one of the largest undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences and houses one of the few stand-alone English Masters programs at a nationally ranked university. With its small classes, the department emphasizes close work with students and teaching excellence. Our faculty boasts a robust and diverse record of publication, and many have won major university teaching prizes. Reflecting a broadening of the field in recent years, our department offers courses in canonical and non-canonical literature and film in English. The Department is the home of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, the Shakespeare Association of America, the University Writing Program, and the College’s undergraduate Journalism Program.

Many courses are interdisciplinary and our faculty have played a major role in founding the interdisciplinary programs of the College:

American Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies
Medieval Studies
Catholic Studies
Program on Justice and Peace
African-American Studies
Film and Media Studies
Program for Jewish Civilization


Department Chair: Ricardo Ortiz
Director of Graduate Studies: Patrick O'Malley
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Christine So


If you are seeking information on English language courses, please contact the Center for Language Education and Development.