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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



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Recent News

May 22, 2023

As we celebrate graduation and the class of 2023, we also bid a bittersweet farewell to six of our student employees. These students have left an indelible mark on the department, serving as…

May 18, 2023

Project Narrative and the Department of English celebrated Professor Amy Shuman on the occasion of her retirement. 

During her illustrious career, Shuman…

May 9, 2023

The Department of English is thrilled to announce that Professor Kathy Fagan Grandinetti has received the 2023 William Carlos Williams Award. 

The William Carlos…

May 5, 2023

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