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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

June 22, 2022

Lover of stories and passionate about all things English, English major Brian Sproule uses the tools he’s learned in English classrooms in the workplace and in his personal life. An intern at The…

June 16, 2022

The Department of English congratulates Associate Professor Jacob Risinger on being awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

The Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching…

June 13, 2022

When graduating senior Alexis Santiago signed up for English 3662, Intro to Literary Publishing, she wasn't anticipating that she would end up creating the Wildflower Journal for an assignment.…

June 8, 2022

Associate Professors Molly Farrell and Martin Ponce have been named as a part of The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme’s 2022-23 Society of Fellows Faculty Cohort. 

The Society of…

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