• <a href="/live/image/gid/4/width/650/86520_English_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86520"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/4/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86520_English_main_image.rev.1607733819.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/4/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86520_English_main_image.rev.1607733819.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/4/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86520_English_main_image.rev.1607733819.jpg" alt="Professor Jerry Harp meeting with students after class. " width="720" height="690" data-max-w="1101" data-max-h="1055" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Professor Jerry Harp meeting with students after class. </div>

We are a community of scholars, artists, and students dedicated to the study and creation of literature in English. We choose to immerse ourselves in the language’s rich and varied literary tradition, its long history and expansive present, because we believe literature is synonymous with good—ethical and pleasurable—living. Reading, we encounter other people and ideas across time and space. Writing, we give clarity and shape to the world and our experiences of it. These intellectual values are reflected in how we teach and learn. Our faculty devote individual attention to each and every student, and our consistently small classes become intimate intellectual communities in their own right. Join us!


  • Eventually, you will find your people and your people will find you.

    Yash Bisht BA ’21
    Dehradun, India, and Singapore
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  • My favorite class was Medieval Manuscripts with Karen Gross, in which we studied the history of manuscript production and paleography. The practical aspect of this class stands out in my mind as a unique aspect of the type of education Lewis & Clark facilitates: unconventional and widely applicable. 

    Sydney Owada BA ’19
    Fresno, California
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  • The classes on my overseas program in London provided me with opportunities to explore English literature in more varied ways, such as through the study of contemporary works and linguistics.

    Arista Engineer BA ’19
    Pune, India
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