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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

October 6, 2022
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Recent News

September 29, 2022

Each month, the Communications Team reaches out to members of the Department of English faculty and asks them to elaborate on a current research or creative project they…

September 19, 2022

As students, staff and faculty settle into the semester, we want to take a moment to welcome our new hires to the English department! Please send a warm welcome to our newcomers this semester.…

September 16, 2022

Graduate Students Noah Bukowski and Mariah Marsden are recipients of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme’s 2022-23 Graduate Team Fellowship competition. 

The department of English…

September 16, 2022

Lord Denney’s Players is excited to announce the cast of The Chronicle History of Henry V, LDP's ninth production since 2015. The Chronicle History of Henry V will be performed at MadLab Theatre (…

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