In the richness of its course offerings, its small classes typically conducted in a seminar format, and its emphasis on writing and discussion, English at Deerfield exemplifies the academic rigor and standards of excellence found across the Deerfield curriculum. All courses stress careful reading, responsible thinking, and clear, precise expression of ideas. Students study literature representing a broad range of cultural perspectives.

  1. ENG200

    Voices & Visions of Justice

  2. ENG300

    Defining Literary Traditions

  3. ENG500

    American Dreams

  4. ENG503

    American Studies

  5. ENG506

    American Echoes

  6. ENG509

    American Understandings

  7. ENG511

    In the American Grain

  8. ENG512

    America in Black & White

  9. ENG560

    American Voices

  10. ENG610

    Future Shock: Contemporary Literature

  11. ENG618

    Poetry Now!

  12. ENG625

    Central Questions

  13. ENG631

    Mystery Madness and Lies

  14. ENG656

    Classics in Translation

  15. ENG657

    New York Stories

  16. ENG669

    Slavery’s Literary Legacy

  17. ENG677

    Off the Shelf – A Tutorial

Frequently Asked Questions

Extending a long tradition, Deerfield ninth graders, sophomores, and juniors share their expressive voices aloud in declamations. Tapping their own imaginations and perspectives, they engage with the written word and perform oral interpretations of the prose or poetry they have  written or committed to memory. Seniors take on a slightly different challenge in crafting and reading aloud meditations, their extended reflections on the experiences and ideas that have shaped their unfolding lives.

Whether in detailing nuanced literary arguments, shaping sonnets, or sustaining narratives, Deerfield writers patiently attend to their emerging styles. Regardless of the genre in which they write, students first learn to engage with the syntax of sentences and to ensure the unity within and among paragraphs. Later, the writers develop concise long-form works, striving to express themselves with the confidence and distinctiveness that signals their readiness to embrace sophisticated demands as readers and thinkers.

Yes, several. The Deerfield Scroll, established in 1925, is the official student newspaper of Deerfield Academy. Albany Road is the literary and arts magazine. Little Brown House Review is an annual collection of some of the best writing at Deerfield.

Contact Deerfield Academics

Tel. 413-774-1489

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Mail: 7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 87
Deerfield, MA 01342