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Our Mission

The Department of English creates and teaches knowledge about literature, poetics, writing, media, language and cultures in the English-speaking world. The Department serves constituents both inside and outside the university — including interdisciplinary programs, service-learning projects and the discipline at large — and prepares students for careers inside and outside of academia. We believe that the analytical study of our sub-disciplines helps develop logical thought, awareness of the complexity of texts and of value judgments, apprehension of others’ points of view, and imagination. English studies can expand creative, communicative and cognitive capacities; can sharpen the ability to make difficult judgments; and can help us understand societies, times and cultures different from our own.

What We Care About

  • Human connection: community and communication
  • Finding meaning(s) in life
  • Making a difference in the world
  • Active, participatory learning
  • Textual production, creation and expression
  • Artifacts of language: books, media, writing, comics, talk
  • The arts of persuasion
  • The pleasures of analysis
  • The ways language structures the world and the self
  • Structural change for social justice
  • The history and future of English(es)
  • The interdependency of form and content



Recent News

By Anushka Mukherjee

In the spring of 2021, Amrita Dhar and Dr. Amrita Sen of the University of Calcutta co-led a seminar, “Shakespeare in the ‘Post’Colonies,” at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual…

By Kira Kadar

Every year the Department of English invites a distinguished speaker of national or international reputation to speak about a topic relevant to the…

The Department of English would like to announce that MFA student Andrew Romriell is one of the recipients of the 2023-24 Presidential Fellowship. …

As we start this new semester and new year, we are pleased to welcome the following new faculty members to the department. 

Ruth Awad joins us for the semester as a visiting assistant…

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