Our Community

We are a community of readers and writers, scholars and teachers. We range across the literatures of English in space as well as time, combining global diversity with broad historical coverage. This resource opens for you as students under the guidance of faculty who are committed to their roles as teachers and mentors. In our department, you will feel at once welcomed and challenged—starting with the openness of our faculty, staff, and students and stretching to the novel encounters with language your peers and instructors will help to spark.

About our Department

English is one of the most storied departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. Our recent history includes two U.S. Poet Laureates and multiple National Book Award winners as well as noted scholars in many fields of literary history. Our accomplishments as a faculty become an invitation, for you as students, to reach the level of excellence you expect of yourselves, whether in the form of a national award or an essay or poem well written. We have been recognized as exceptional in this respect: USA Today has ranked us as the sixth-best home in the nation for undergraduate authors, while College Magazine has placed us at number eight. Such recognition testifies to the tradition of collaboration in our department, where we share the experience of literature’s power to enlighten, inspire, challenge, and lead.

“To unpack and enjoy complex texts; to read with a critical eye; to write and communicate with concision and purpose -- these are skills invaluable to my pursuit of the law, my pursuit of meaning, and without them I would be lost.” 

―Ryan Foreman BA, 2014
background image of featured news

Recent News

Read More Department News

Career Opportunities

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, Department of English, Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track position in post-1945 American Literature, including Asian-American and/or Latinx and/or Native American literatures. The position would begin in the fall semester of 2020. Duties include teaching, conducting research, writing for publication, advising students, participating in departmental governance and university service. Application materials—a letter of interest, a CV, and a description of a current book project— should be submitted to the Washington University online application system, https://jobs.wustl.edu, using job listing number 45365. Letters of reference, teaching statements, and writing samples are not required at this time; Skype interviews of selected candidates will occur in November and December, and finalists will have on-campus visits subsequently. Applications received before 25 October 2019 will receive priority consideration.