The English Department engages a literary tradition that spans over 1000 years, emerging from Britain, the U.S., and English-speaking communities around the globe. Our program introduces students to that shared tradition while encouraging intellectual independence.

Small class sizes allow students to build close relationships with our dynamic faculty of active scholars and creative writers, and ensure that students receive individual attention during class time and office hours. In the classroom, students participate in an interactive process of discussion and collaborative interpretation. Professors continually challenge students to argue thoughtfully and communicate effectively, both on the page and in real time.

Our curriculum emphasizes rigorous close reading as the basis for a variety of literary explorations. We offer introductory surveys; upper-division courses devoted to a single author or historical period; and creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. We also offer topics courses on a wide range of literary themes. Recent examples include illness and medicine, animal rights, childhood, the Gothic, mysticism, American slavery, medieval manuscripts, and the adaptation of fiction to film.

For current offerings, see the Courses button on the sidebar. For a complete list of offerings, see the online catalog.

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The Department of English is pleased to co-sponsor the Visiting Writer’s Series with Watzek Library.