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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



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Recent News

January 26, 2022

Last semester, the Department of English held a slogan contest for new English-themed sayings to put on promotional items. We received hundreds of clever, funny, and all-around delightful…

January 25, 2022

Lord Denney’s Players has announced the cast for their upcoming production of William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors. The company's eighth show will run March 3, 4 and 5 in the Collaboratory (…

January 18, 2022

The Department of English would like to congratulate Professor Emeritus Richard Firth Green on being elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

December 16, 2021

The English department is delighted to announce that Andrew Bishop, Keira Hambrick and Clinton Morrison Jr. have been named Presidential Fellows for spring 2021.  

Presidential fellowships…

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