Meet our Majors

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

Two Duke seniors are winners of prestigious Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford University. Jamal Burns and and Kendall Jefferys are two of the 32 Rhodes Scholars selected from colleges and universities across the nation. read more about Congratulations to Kendall Jefferys, Who Was Named a 2021 Rhodes Scholar »

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  »

Before the end of the Spring Semester and the Summer Fun began a survey was sent to the class 2019 and beyond English majors, minors, and PhD candidates to get an idea of how they would be spending their summer.     read more about Summer 2018 Plans for Duke English Majors, Minors, & PhD Candidates »

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 »