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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



Upcoming Events

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Recent News

January 27, 2023

The English department is excited to announce that Katie Stanutz has been selected for The Women's Place Staff Leadership Series 2022-23 cohort.  

The Women’s Place actively works to…

January 17, 2023

Walking into a library with floor to ceiling shelves brimming with books is every English major’s dream. Stuart Rose’s shelves are mystical, filled with first editions of…

January 11, 2023

The English department is excited to announce that Melissa Guadrón and Katlin Sweeney-Romero have been named Presidential Fellows for 2022-23.  

The Graduate School awards the Presidential…

December 20, 2022

The Department of English is excited to announce that PhD student, Sean Yeager, is a recipient of the Graduate School’s 2022-2023 Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and…