Meet our Majors

Our English majors are active and accomplished at Duke and beyond. Discover where they came from and where they’re going.

Growing up with parents who both hold English PhDs, Thalia Halloran was always drawn to literature. Halloran began learning how to read and write at only three years old. In their Bloomington, Indiana home, Halloran’s older sister offered rudimentary lessons. The pair would write letters and sound out words together.  “Once I knew that stories were a thing I could read,” Halloran said, “I immediately wanted to make them too.” Seventeen years later and now a junior at Duke University, Halloran is doing just that. Her… read more about StudioDuke Mentors English Students' Creative Projects  »

Duke Today | November 22, 2015 DURHAM, NC – Duke University seniors Laura Roberts of Dallas and John “Jay” Ruckelshaus of Indianapolis were among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Roberts is a Global Human Rights Scholar and Lowell Aptman Prize finalist. Ruckelshaus is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Angier B. Duke Scholar. They were chosen from among 869 applicants at 316 colleges and universities throughout the country, and are the 44th and 45th students in Duke'… read more about Two Duke Seniors Named Rhodes Scholars »