Rice English majors study the history of literature’s development, literature’s relationship to the lived experience of culture, and literature’s connections to knowledge in other disciplines. Majors take advantage of the diversity of the department’s course offerings as well as pursuing an area of specialization in one of the following areas: 1) literature and literary history, 2) culture and social change, 3) visual and comparative media, 4) science, medicine, and the environment, or 5) a concentration in creative writing. Across these areas, our students work closely with faculty in seminar-style, discussion-based classes. Our majors gain the skills to read texts closely, to use analytical and theoretical tools in the study of language, and to conduct independent research in their senior projects. Small classes and faculty-student collaborations cultivate precision in reading and writing and an enduring habit of intellectual curiosity. To declare the English major, please set up an appointment with Sarah Ellenzweig, the director of undergraduate studies.