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. ENG330

    Writer's Craft

  4. ENG500

    American Dreams

  5. ENG503

    American Studies

  6. ENG506

    American Echoes

  7. ENG509

    American Understandings

  8. ENG511

    In the American Grain

  9. ENG512

    America in Black & White

  10. ENG560

    American Voices

  11. ENG610

    Future Shock: Contemporary Literature

  12. ENG618

    Poetry Now!

  13. ENG625

    Central Questions

  14. ENG631

    Mystery Madness and Lies

  15. ENG660

    Matters of Perspective

  16. ENG669

    Slavery's Literary Legacy

  17. ENG671

    Inside Out

  18. ENG676

    Creative Nonfiction Workshop

  19. ENG677

    Off the Shelf: A Tutorial

  20. ENG679

    No Small Parts

  21. ENG681

    Shakespeare: Forsaken Friends

  22. ENG682

    Shakespeare: Wondrous Women

  23. ENG686

    Writing on the Edge

  24. ENG687

    River & Rock: Reading the Land

  25. ENG688

    Dramatic Fault Lines

  26. ENG692

    The Art of Detection

  27. ENG693

    Modern Short Stories

  28. ENG694

    Coming of Age Stories

  29. ENG696

    Black Women's Writing

  30. ENG697

    The Graphic Novel

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