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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

May 18, 2022

The English department would like to congratulate Amy Shuman and Mary Hufford for winning 2022-2023 Discovery Field School Grant Awards! Discovery Field School Grant Awards are given to…

May 13, 2022

Over a hundred students, colleagues, and friends gathered in person and virtually on Monday, May 2nd to celebrate Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Brian…

May 12, 2022

The Department of English would like to congratulate Associate Professor Pranav Jani for receiving the ASC Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award. This award recognizes…

May 11, 2022

As we celebrate graduation and the class of 2022, we also bid a bittersweet farewell to three of our student employees. These students have contributed to and supported the department in myriad…

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