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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

September 16, 2020

We are so thrilled to announce that Reel Latinxs by Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González won first place for the Best Nonfiction- Multi-Author section of the 2020 International Latino…

September 14, 2020

The Department of English congratulates Assistant Professor Sarah Neville, one of the recipients of this year’s Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award. This…

September 11, 2020

The Department of English congratulates Professor Angus Fletcher for receiving the 2020 Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and…

September 5, 2020

Dr. Mark Rankin (Ph.D. English, 2007) has received a $159,005 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to run a seminar on "Printing and the Book During…