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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

August 3, 2021
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September 27, 2021
October 25, 2021

Recent News

July 16, 2021

Associate Professor Scott DeWitt has been named the 2020 recipient of the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. One of the most prestigious awards in computer and…

July 13, 2021

The Department of English is proud to announce that PhD candidate Antonio "Joey" Ferraro is a recipient of the Outstanding Student Advocate Award from Disability…

July 8, 2021

Undergraduate students in the Department of English contribute to their community in innumerable ways; from creative endeavors to extracurriculars, from internships to scholarship, our…

June 29, 2021

Whether we are willing to admit it or not, we have all indulged in the occasional TV binge. Maybe you were one of the millions of Americans who binged Tiger King at…

People Directory

Andrew Bishop
PhD in English Candidate
Susan Lang
Professor and Director of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing
Ashleigh Hardin
Associate Director of First-Year Writing
Sahalie Angell Martin
MFA in Creative Writing Candidate