The Department of English is large and programmatically diverse. We offer a BA and a Minor on the undergraduate level, and we have three graduate programs, MA/Ph.D., MFA, and MAT(ESOL). We include three writing programs: Expository Writing, Interdisciplinary Writing, and Creative Writing. In addition to running several public scholarship initiatives, we oversee multiple community-oriented teaching and training programs. Our faculty work in such areas as British, American, colonial and postcolonial Anglophone literatures and cultures; literary and critical theory; creative writing in poetry and prose; antiracist, feminist, queer, and Indigenous studies; applied linguistics, history of English, and language acquisition; contemporary rhetoric; pedagogy; and composition studies.

Mission Statement

One of the largest departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, English is a central unit on campus, making major contributions to the intellectual vitality, academic excellence, and educational mission of the University. We begin with the conviction that language and texts play crucial roles in the constitution of contemporary cultures. From a diversity of perspectives, our research, creative practices, and curriculum explore the production and reception of texts—how texts work and mean. In so doing, we help students become more incisive thinkers, effective communicators, imaginative writers, and sensitive and informed interpreters of texts of all kinds (print, electronic, visual)—skills fundamental to effective, engaged citizenship.

Our focus on English brings us into conversations across disciplines. We are mindful that the English language itself is heterogenous and evolving; produced through historical processes, circulated by empires, it has become a global medium, the nexus of multiple cultures, world politics, and converging literacies.

Together we seek:

To create through our research and teaching knowledge of how texts and images produce and represent cultures;

To communicate this knowledge to students, colleagues in other disciplines, and the public;

To encourage the practice of writing as a mode of inquiry, imaginative representation, and invention—a way of engaging in civic life and expressing the world intellectually and emotionally;

To foster skills in reading, creative, and expository writing and critical thinking; in so doing we contribute to excellence in pedagogy by educating undergraduates throughout the University and providing our graduate students with the expertise to educate others;

To inspire a passion for continuous learning.


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