COVID-19 forced the Humanities Digital Workshop annual summer program online for the first time. The experience led to unexpected opportunities for collaboration and problem-solving.
Undergraduates who major or minor in English explore literature as readers and writers in small classes that focus on the individual student. With help from our wide array of course topics and intellectual approaches, alumni of the English department have succeeded in top-notch graduate programs in law, business and medicine as well as in English and creative writing.Learn about our Undergraduate Program
The department is home to one of the best and most generously funded English PhD programs in North America. It is dedicated to training superb scholars and well-rounded teachers of literature able to meet the expectations of the challenging academic job market and to pursue rewarding alternative careers.More Information
The department of English has launched a two-year Hurst initiative to encourage collegial conversations about the making and judgment of the literary arts.
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.
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